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Ink stone: C.644 & A-1991

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Current Location: In storage






Ink stone and cover. Hard-paste porcelain, biscuit, modelled in relief with incised decoration. The ink stone is of rectangular shape with rounded corners. The cover is delicately modelled in relief with a bird perched on a branch of flowering cherry and a butterfly. The sides of the cover and lower half are incised with a swastika motif. The lower half has a water reservoir and shield-shaped stone. A mark is on the reverse, which translates as Wang Bing Yong Yin.


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: 15.4 cm
Height: 5.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Qing Dynasty
Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
17th Century-18th Century#
Circa 1662 - 1722

Components of the work

Ink Stone
Lid Decoration

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: impressed reign seal

  • Text: Wang Bing Yong Yin
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.644 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21347
Old object number: CHICER/194
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 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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