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Baluster jar: C.714-1991

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Titles

Baluster jar

Maker(s)

Unknown

Description

Baluster jar. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. The jar has a short neck, and a rounded rim painted brown. The rounded shoulders taper to a low grooved foot with flat, recessed, glazed base. The lower part of the footrim remains unglazed. The groove is painted with a brown line. Ruyi heads decorate the neck, and the shoulders have four roundels containing characters inscribed 'five sons graduate' reserved on diaper ground. The central scene is painted with five sons successful in the examinations returning home to their father, each with an attendant and a parasol, and visiting the Queen Mother of the West in the Moon, a hare with a pestle and mortar near her feet, above ruyi-shaped lappets round the foot.

Notes

History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 20 July 1933, Sydney Vacher Collection, for £10.0s.0d, and described as of astronomical significance, Lot 57; 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: 17.2 cm
Height: 19.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Ming
15th/16th Century
Circa 1400 - 1600 1600

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration:

Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: scratched cross in brown

  • Mark

Inscription present: round, white, serrated

  • Text: 200
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.714-1991
Primary reference Number: 21233
Old object number: CHICER/224
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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