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Baluster vase: C.679B-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Baluster vase




  • Vase
  • imperial rectangular section baluster vase



Imperial rectangular section baluster vase. Hard-paste porcelain painted in famille rose enamels and gilding. The vase has a rectangular shaped mouth and neck with fungus handles painted in blue. The shoulders taper to a rectangular foot with flat, recessed, glazed base. The sides are painted in mirror symmetry with lobed panels of children and landscapes surrounded by millefleurs. Two smaller quatrefoil panels painted in mirror symmetry with a child in landscape decorate the neck. The interior and base are turquoise glazed.


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: 17.8 cm
Height: 32.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
After 1736 - Circa 1916


Chinese, possibly Hongxian 1916

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( famille rose) gilt
Interior And Base composed of glaze ( turquoise)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain painted in famille rose enamels and gilding

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: white, circular, serrated label

  • Text: 143
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: four-character Qianlong Yuji mark

  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.679B-1991
Primary reference Number: 21589
Old object number: CHICER/189
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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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