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Box: C.655 & A-1991

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Circular box and cover. Earthenware, painted in green, turquoise, yellow and grey enamels, and incised decoration. The cover has rounded sides and a slightly concave top, fitting over the rim of the body. The rounded sides of the body taper to a low footrim with flat, recessed, glazed base. The cover has incised decoration depicting two figures, one seated beside a peony in a vase, the other pouring liquid into a vase with house and tree nearby, within an incised double-line circle. Above the rim is a border of scrolling foliage with an incised double-line circle. The base has three incised, flowering branches with a double-line circle above the footrim. The interior and base are glazed in yellow.


History note: H.S. 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: 20.1 cm
Height: 8.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late Ming
Circa 1368 - 1644

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, turquoise, yellow and grey)

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Earthenware, thrown, painted in green, turquoise, yellow and grey enamels

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.655 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21101
Old object number: CHICER/237
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 5 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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