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Seal paste box and cover: C.726 & A-1991

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Seal paste box and cover




Large seal paste box and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. Thickly potted, circular box and cover, with rounded sides, tapering to a low foot with flat, recessed, glazed base. The cover is decorated on the outside with scholars' leisurely pursuits in a garden (musicians and gaming parties at checkers and other pursuits). The inside is decorated with a couple offering incense to Shang Yuan Furen riding a qilin. The box is painted on the outside with sages, pavilion and a boatman (Shan Shui subjects), and on the inside with a junk in a mountain gorge.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's 6 June 1935, Charles E. Russell Collection, for £10.0s.0d, Lot 81; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

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Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 18.1 cm
Height: 8.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Qing Dynasty
Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
17th Century
Circa 1662 - 1700

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( blue)

Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze-blue

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.726 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21676
Old object number: CHICER/803
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 9 August 2016 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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