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Vase: C.16-1927

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Current Location: In storage


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Triple-gourd vase. Hard-paste porcelain with a powder-blue ground, reserves painted in famille verte, and gilt, and decorated with vignettes enclosing tree peony, prunus, lilies, peaches and pomegranates with ruyi-head borders.

Triple-gourd vase. Hard-paste porcelain with a mottled powder-blue ground and painted in famille verte enamels, and gilding. The lower spherical bulb is resting on a short, slightly splayed foot and decorated with four alternating vignettes of barbed flower and ingot shape; the floral vignettes showing branches of flowering tree peony and prunus growing from the left, the ingot-shaped vignettes enclosing similar day lilies; the four are divided by a gilt border of ruyi-heads pendent from a zig-zag band from the central spherical bulb of smaller size decorated with a frieze of two peaches alternating with two pomegranates; this bulb is divivided by a gilt border of ruyi-heads pendent from a castellated band from the small uppermost bulb with two fan-shaped vignettes of prunus branches. There are two leaf-shaped vignettes of floral sprays on the slender trumpet neck. The decoration is all picked out in famille verte enamels on the mottled deep blue ground. The base and interior are white.

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Given by Reginald Cory, MA

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.3 cm
Width: 11.6 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1905-04-10) by Cory, Reginald


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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( famille verte) gold
Ground composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain with an underglaze powder-blue ground, famille verte enamels, and gilding
Glazing (coating)

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16-1927
Primary reference Number: 72322
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 September 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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