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Vase: C.729-1991

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Current Location: In storage




  • Vase
  • tapered rectangular vase



Tapered rectangular vase. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. The vase has a rectangular neck with galleried rim. The shouldered, rectangular body tapers towards a flared, galleried foot. The base is deep, recessed, flat, and glazed. A key-pattern border decorates the galleried rim and foot. The neck is painted on each side with panels of prunus and insects, and the shoulders and flared foot are decorated with prunus. The four tapered side panels are outlined with a key-pattern border, a depressed, undecorated section, and a central, decorated panel. The four central panels contain a wading crane and birds in a lily pond, chrysanthemum, butterfly and insects, birds and peonies, and birds seated on prunus branches.


History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, January 1923, from Colonel Goff's Collection, for £6.13s.0d; 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: 12.6 cm
Height: 31.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


Qing Dynasty
Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
Circa 1662 - 1722

Components of the work


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: oval, black border

  • Text: 82
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.729-1991
Primary reference Number: 21693
Old object number: CHICER/110
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 11 January 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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