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Baluster vase and cover: C.672 & A-1991

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Baluster vase and cover






Octagonal section baluster vase and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in famille verte palette, green, iron-red, blue, yellow, aubergine and black. The shouldered body tapers towards a splayed base and is surmounted by a flared neck with galleried rim, all of octagonal section. The base is flat and unglazed. The neck is decorated with eight panels, four containing flower sprays alternating with four containing various scrolls, books and vessels, above a flower and dot border. The eight shoulder panels are painted with two scenes of a sage in landscape, a deer, and a tiger, interspersed with four panels of flowers and foliage. The eight vertical panels below are similarly decorated with two scenes of two ladies on a verandah, a deer and crane in a landscape, a tiger and magpie in a landscape, interspersed with four panels of flowers, foliage and insects, above a flower head and cell-pattern border around the foot. The cover is decorated with four panels of scholarly objects alternating with flowers, and eight flower panels and chrysanthemum painted on the knop.


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: 18.9 cm
Height: 36 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

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( famille verte in iron-red, green, yellow, blue, aubergine and black enamels)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

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

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: round, serrated

  • Text: 215
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.672 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21552
Old object number: CHICER/119
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 2 November 2022 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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