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Baluster jar: C.712-1991

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Baluster jar






Eight lobed baluster jar. Hard-paste porcelain, moulded in eight lobes, and painted in underglaze blue. The jar, has a short neck, rounded, sloping shoulders tapering to the foot, and a flat, glazed, recessed base. A band of key-fret pattern decorates the neck, and the shoulders have a band of petal shaped lappets shaded in blue. The lobed body has an all-over design of tendrilled vine gourds with one tree rat, above a two-lined border. Above the foot is a band of petal-shaped lappets.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's 27 October 1933, Reginald Le May Collection, for £1.10s.0d, part Lot 72; 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: 17.1 cm
Height: 17 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th Century-17th Century#
Circa 1570 - 1630

Components of the work


Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Hard-paste porcelain, moulded in eight lobes, decorated in underglaze-blue
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: oval red border

  • Text: 78
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: oval, black border

  • Text: 92
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: remains of a large white label, with blue border

  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.712-1991
Primary reference Number: 21226
Old object number: CHICER/234
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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