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Jar: C.651 & A-1991

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Jar with cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in wucai decoration and underglaze-blue, green, iron-red, brown, aubergine enamels. The shouldered baluster vase tapers towards the flat, unglazed base with rounded edge. The sides are decorated with children at play and women in a landscape with balustrades, and a vertical section of cloud scrolls. A band of iron-red and green petal-shaped lappets encircle the neck, below which is an iron-red crackle border. Similar decoration is on the cover, with three boys playing in landscape, and an underglaze-blue knop.


History note: Possibly originally a pair, purchased from Johnson, Wigmore Street, Jan. 1920, for £60.0s.0d; 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: 24.9 cm
Height: 38.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Circa 1573 - 1619

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, iron-red, brown, aubergine) glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain painted in wucai decoration and underglaze-blue, green, iron-red, brown, aubergine enamels

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.651 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21110
Old object number: CHICER/164
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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