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Baluster jar: C.700-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Baluster jar






Baluster jar. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. The jar has a slightly everted mouth rim on a short neck. Its rounded body tapers to a high foot with deep, flat, recessed base. A leaf motif decorates the neck, whilst the shoulders are decorated with four panels enclosing flowering peach reserved on a diaper background. The body is decorated with a rocky, river landscape scene with three geese and shrubs and bamboo spray, beneath a scroll border.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, April 25 1933, Stephen Winkworth Collection, for £5.0s.0d, Lot 120 ; Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

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Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 16.5 cm
Height: 18.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century
Circa 1500 - 1600

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Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain, thrown, decorated in underglaze blue
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.700-1991
Primary reference Number: 21184
Old object number: CHICER/259
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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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