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Vase: C.660-1991

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Current Location: In storage






Large beaker vase. Hard-paste porcelain painted in famille verte enamels, green, iron-red, blue, yellow, black, and grey. The vase has a long, cylindrical neck with trumpet mouth on rounded shoulders. The body is ovoid and tapered to a flared footrim, with a flat, recessed, glazed base. Inside, the widely flared mouth is painted with six peony heads and foliage. The neck is painted with four lotus shaped panels containing peony, prunus, chrysanthemum, lotus, shrubs, birds and insects. Around the shoulders is a band of scrolling peony and chrysanthemum. The lower body is painted with two bands of overlapping lotus petals containing colourful peony, chrysanthemum, camellia, lotus, peach, prunus and shrubs issuing from rock work with birds, butterflies and insects emblematic of the seasons.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 25-28th April 1933, Stephen D. Winkworth Collection, for £46.0s.0d, Lot 500; 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: 23.7 cm
Height: 53.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( famille verte)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain painted in green, iron-red, blue, yellow, black, grey enamels

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: artemesia leaf within a double circle in underglaze-blue

  • Method of creation: Underglaze-blue
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: white, round, serrated

  • Text: 317
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.660-1991
Primary reference Number: 21474
Old object number: CHICER/279
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 10 July 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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