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Baluster jar: C.657-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Baluster jar






Baluster jar with applied lion masks and rings. Hard-paste porcelain painted underglaze in copper red. The jar has a flared neck with rounded lip, and rounded shoulders with two applied lion masks and ring, tapering towards the flared foot. The base is flat, recessed, and glazed; the under footrim is unglazed. A wide band of honeycomb pattern decorates the neck. The body is painted with scrolling peony with four peony flower heads alternating with emblems, a sword and gourd vase, a basket of flowers, a flute and scrolls, and a fan and scrolls. Beneath is a band of ruji heads, below which there is a border of two fishes, and finally a border of gongs and flower heads with pendant tassles.


History note: 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: 25.8 cm
Height: 25.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Qing Dynasty
18th Century
Circa 1700 - 1800

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( cooper-red)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Porcelain painted underglaze in copper-red with two applied lion masks and ring

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: round, serrated, white label

  • Text: 468
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.657-1991
Primary reference Number: 21322
Old object number: CHICER/207
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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