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Baluster jar: C.716.1 & A & B-1991

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Baluster jar




Square section baluster jar and cover with wooden stand. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. The square section vase has a short neck, rounded mouth lip, and rounded body that tapers to a straight foot with flat, recessed, glazed base. The domed square section cover has an angled, bud-shaped finial. The jar is painted on all sides with five-claw dragons, phoenixes and the eight precious emblems below a border of ruyi head lappets around the shoulders and scrolls on the neck. The cover is painted with the eight precious emblems and cloud scrolls.
As a pair with C.716.2 & A & B-1991.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 25-28 April 1933, Stephen D. Winkworth Sale, for £11.0s.0d, Lot 175; H.S. 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: 17.6 cm
Height: 32 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


16th/17th century
Circa 1573 - 1619

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue) Stand composed of wood (plant material) Jar Height 26.6 cm

Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain, thrown, decorated in underglaze-blue
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.716.1 & A & B-1991
Primary reference Number: 21249
Old object number: CHICER/223(2)
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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