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Zun vase: C.702-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Zun vase






Square section zun vase with lion masks. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. The vase is of beaker form and square in section. The compressed central section has four boldly modelled lion masks, which project in high relief, supported on a high splayed base and surmounted by a waisted neck. The nianhao is positioned on the galleried rim. The deep, moulded footrim has a wide rim, and underneath is a flat, unglazed base fractionally recessed. The mouth rim is painted with scrolling tendrils on three sides and a six-character Wanli mark centred on the fourth. The other section is painted with scaly dragons and a phoenix (Fenhuang) amongst foliage, with bands of stylised mountains and waves at the base of each section. The footrim has a raised band of wave decoration.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's 25 April 1933, Stephen Winkworth Collection Sale, Lot 126, for £9.0s.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: 19 cm
Height: 32 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century-17th Century#
Circa 1573 - 1619

Components of the work

Paint composed of enamel ( blue)
Lion Masks

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown, decorated in underglaze-blue, with modelled lion masks projecting in high relief
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.702-1991
Primary reference Number: 21192
Old object number: CHICER/262
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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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