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Incense burner: C.732-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Sanda Factory




Incense burner or candlestick. Hard-paste porcelain of octagonal form, covered in a smooth sea-green celadon glaze. The saucer-shaped sconce is decorated on the exterior with moulded and incised lotus petals and lines. The plain interior of the sconce is pierced with a hole in the centre and resting on a tall, slightly flaring neck descending to a reticulated, octagonal section, moulded with four lotus heads. Beneath, two moulded peony lug handles protrude from a straight-sided octagonal section which rests on a bulbous octagonal body, moulded with lotus petals and supported by four `beast head' legs resting on an octagonal foot. The octagonal base is flat, and unglazed.


History note: Captain Jensen Collection. 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: 10.5 cm
Height: 19.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Arita ⪼ Settsu Province ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
18th Century-19th Century#
Circa 1770 - 1830


Sanda factory, Settsu Province, or Arita

Components of the work

Decoration composed of celadon glaze

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular brown

  • Text: SETTSU Sanda Celadon 1780 Jensen Coll.
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: remains of a white, circular, serrated label

  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.732-1991
Primary reference Number: 21710
Old object number: JAPCER/248
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 28 January 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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