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Tureen: C.740 & A-1991

Object information

Current Location: In storage






Lobed tureen and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue with iron-red, green and black enamels and gilding. The tureen is heavily potted with lobed sides, and rests on a broad, low footring with a flat, recessed glazed base and rough foot, painted with a double line circle in underglaze blue. The body is boldly decorated with three shaped panels of chrysanthemum in a vase in front of a fence and reserved on a ground of narrow vertical panels painted with various diaper and scroll patterns. The footring is painted with a whorl pattern and a band of gilt scroll around the rim. The lobed cover, with rounded shoulders is similarly decorated with three shaped panels of chrysanthemum, a band of gilt scroll around the cover and a large knop. The rounded knop is painted with cloud scrolls in underglaze blue, iron-red and gilding, and a band of key pattern. Around the base is a zig-zag pattern and flower heads in iron-red and gilding. The interior has an undecorated white glaze.


History note: Possibly purchased from Sotheby's, 1 April 1935, W de Zoete Collection, for £9.0s.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: 36.2 cm
Height: 43.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Arita ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
19th Century
Circa 1800 - 1900


Japanese, Arita

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( in iron-red, green and black enamels) gilt
Interior Glaze composed of white glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular, white, serrated

  • Text: 27
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue/black ink
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.740 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21747
Old object number: CHICER/117
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 12 October 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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