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Box: C.720 & A-1991

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery






Octagonal box with domed cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. The box is stoutly potted, compressed and octagonal in section, with rounded shoulders and flat rims. The base has rounded sides resting on a low footrim with flat, recessed, glazed base. The domed cover is painted with a scene of a flock of birds darting beneath a fruiting tree with a pair of pheasants amongst shrubs and flowering peonies in the foreground. The eight sides of both the box and cover is painted with panels of birds and trees, and bands of lingzhi scrolls encircling each rim. The interiors have a plain white glaze.


History note: Purchased from Christie's, 31 October 1934, D.W. Freshfield Collection, for £4.0s.0d, part Lot 8; 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: 31.6 cm
Height: 18.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Jiajing (1521-1567)
16th Century
1522 CE - 1566 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.720 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21260
Old object number: CHICER/309
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 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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