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Meiping bottle: C.618-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Meiping bottle






Meiping bottle. Grey stoneware, thrown and turned, covered in white slip, painted in iron black under clear glaze. The bottle is ovoid, with a tapering body and sloping shoulders. It has a small, cylindrical neck with uneven mouth rim, and a low, widely flaring foot and deep, recessed base. The glaze is unevenly spread over the footrim. The cream and glazed body is decorated in brown with flowers and birds on the neck, scrolling lotus in cream on an iron-black ground on the shoulders, and birds and foliage within a panel on one side of the vase, and a rabbit, bird and foliage in a panel on the other side. A band of birds and scrolls circles above the foot.


History note: Purchased from Callow, July 1918, for £8.0s.0d; 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: 15.1 cm
Height: 27 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


14th Century-15th Century#
Circa 1368 - 1500

Components of the work

Glaze composed of clear glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, turned, white slip, painted in iron black and under clear glaze

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: round, cream label, with serrated edge

  • Text: 251
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.618-1991
Primary reference Number: 21084
Old object number: CHICER/276
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 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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