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Bowl: C.719-1991

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Large bowl. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. The bowl has steep, rounded sides that flare towards the rim, and rest on a low tapered foot, encircled with two underglaze-blue line borders. The base is flat, recessed, and glazed. The exterior is painted with scholarly pursuits on a verandah. A sage sits in a pavilion while scholars and their attendants walk in the balustraded garden with a crane, a deer and bats, in a continuous scene above a lappet border. The interior is decorated with a writhing dragon with five claws outstretched among clouds within a double-line medallion.


History note: Purchased from Christie's, January 1923, Colonel Goff's Collection, for £25.0s.0d; 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: 37.2 cm
Height: 17.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Jiajing (1521-1567)
16th century
Circa 1522 - 1566

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue) Body

Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: round, white, serrated

  • Text: 501
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: six-character Jiajing mark within a double circle in underglaze-blue

  • Method of creation: In underglaze-blue
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.719-1991
Primary reference Number: 21259
Old object number: CHICER/308
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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