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Jar: C.650 & A-1991

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Current Location: In storage






Jar with wooden cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in the `five colour' palette (green, iron-red, yellow, aubergine, black), with underglaze-blue (Wucai decoration). The shouldered baluster body tapers towards the flat, unglazed base with rounded edge. The sides are decorated with four boys climbing in scrolling peonies and foliage, beneath a band of iron-red, green and underglaze-blue petals around the neck, and an underglaze-blue crackle border around the shoulders.
Later pierced, flat, wooden cover.


History note: Purchased from Puttick & Simpson, January 1920, for £26.4s.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: 26.6 cm
Height: 33.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1573 - 1619

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, iron-red, yellow, aubergine, black, blue) glaze
Cover composed of wood (plant material)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain painted in the `five colour' palette, green, iron-red, yellow, aubergine, black, with underglaze-blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: round, white, serrated

  • Text: 390
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: faded character mark in black ink

  • Method of creation: Black ink
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.650 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21109
Old object number: CHICER/111
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 5 August 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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