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Vase: C.689B-1991

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Vase with elephant handles. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze-blue. The pear-shaped vase has a slender neck, thick, rounded lip, and two elephant head and fixed-ring handles. The body tapers to a deep, flared foot with deep flat, recessed base. The elephant handles are finely painted with eyes, eyelashes, tusks and ears, and the fixed rings with single circle ornament. On each side of the body are elegant peony sprays in blue. The interior is unglazed, as is the base which is covered with a red, sandy deposit.
Of a pair of vases, with C.689A-1991.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 6th June 1935, Charles E. Russell Sale, as Song or Yuan for £31.0s.0d, Lot 64; Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 12.6 cm
Height: 24.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


14th Century
Circa 1300 CE - 1368 CE

Components of the work


Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain, thrown, painted in underglaze blue, with base and interior unglazed

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white, circular, serrated

  • Text: 208a
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: white rectangular label

  • Text: Russell
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.689B-1991
Primary reference Number: 21066
Old object number: CHICER/260
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 May 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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