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Tea caddy: C.736 & A & B-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unknown




Tea jar with stopper and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. Jar of cylindrical shape resting on an inverted, knife cut, unglazed footring with flat, recessed glazed base and four character mark in underglaze blue. The body is painted with two figures in a thatched house by a river surrounded by trees and mountainous landscape. A tight scroll and flower head border encircles the pacton (white bronze) neck stopper and cover which is undecorated. A single line in underglaze blue encircles the foot.


History note: W. Peer Groves 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: 7.0 cm
Height: 10.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kyoto ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
20th Century, Early
Circa 1900 - 1925


Japanese, Kyoto

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Cover composed of white bronze
Neck composed of white bronze
Stopper composed of white bronze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular brown inscribed in blue/black ink

  • Text: KIOTO Sichi-bei Pupil of Kokubei 1840-50
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue/black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: rectangular white label

  • Method of creation: Printed in red
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: 4-character mark in underglaze-blue (Heian Seigo)

  • Method of creation: In underglaze-blue
  • Type: Mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.736 & A & B-1991
Primary reference Number: 21734
Old object number: JAPCER/176
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 January 2017 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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