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Ewer: C.653-1991

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Current Location: In storage




  • Ewer
  • double gourd ewer with weasel handle



Double gourd ewer with weasel handle. Hard-paste porcelain, painted in iron-red, green, turquoise, yellow and black; traces of gilding round foot. Short neck, double gourd ewer resting on a low tapered foot with flat, recessed, glazed base. Iron-red serpentine spout joined to the upper lobe by an S-shaped stretcher, and handle in the form of a rat. The upper lobe is painted with two quatrefoil panels reserved on a lattice ground; the waist has two quatrefoil square panels with pendant decoration and the lower lobe has four quatrefoil panels and chrysanthemum heads reserved on a lattice ground.


History note: Purchased from Shimizu, 15 April 1930, for £12.0s.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: 14 cm
Height: 16.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century, Late
Circa 1368 - 1644

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( in iron-red, green, turquoise, yellow and black) gilt ( traces) glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard paste porcelain painted in iron-red, green, turquoise, yellow and black; traces of gilding round foot

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.653-1991
Primary reference Number: 21114
Old object number: CHICER/227
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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