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Vase: C.725-1991

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Vase. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. Double gourd vase of gently flattened form, with a narrow, flaring neck. The upper and lower bulbs are joined by two flat loop handles and rest on a rectangular, slightly flaring foot with flat, recessed, glazed base. Painted on each side with a pair of three-claw, foliate-tailed dragons descending either side of a central Shou character medallion, their curly tails extending upwards onto the bulbous upper section decorated with stylised bats. A band of key-fret is round the footrim, and a scroll work and pendant border is around the neck.


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: 11.4 cm
Height: 17.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Qing Dynasty
Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
18th century
Circa 1736 CE - 1795 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue) glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: six-character Qianlong seal script mark

  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: oval, white, with gilt border

  • Text: 83
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: flaked remains of square brown, 'E1' visible

  • Text: E1
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.725-1991
Primary reference Number: 21670
Old object number: CHICER/263
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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