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Vase: C.2479 & A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 15: Dutch Gallery


Factory: Unidentified Delft factory




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue with an Emperor in a chariot and other figures in a Chinese landscape

Pale buff earthenware tin-glazed and painted in blue. Of octagonal baluster form with a domed cover with an octagonal flange, a large round knob, and an internal circular rim. The body is decorated with a Chinese landscape with an emperor in a two-wheeled chariot pushed by a naked man, in front of it are two more figures, one of whom bears a parasol. Round the shoulder and on the lid are lambrequins filled with conventional flowers and scrolls in reserve. Below the scene there is a horizontal band of small panels wth figures in landscapes alternating with foliated motifs, and below that, a foliated motif on each facet. The dome of the cover is decorated with lambrequins matching those on the shoulder,but pointing upwards, and on the flange has alternating pointed leave's and fungus (?). The junction of the knob and cover is encircled by three narrow blue bands. The top of the knob is painted with a man in a landscape below which are two narrow horizontal bands and a row of downward pointing V shapes. On the base and cover is the mark V over L.


History note: Max and Maurice Rosenheim Collection; sold Sotheby's, 3-4 May 1923, Catalogue of the collection of porcelain & pottery formed by the late Max Rosenheim Esq., FSA and Maurice Rosenheim, FSA., day 2, lot 260, ‘An important delft octagonal vase and cover, painted in blue with Chinese subjects, white on blue lambrequin on the shoulder, mark: VL in monogram, 26 inches, about 1660’; bought for £23 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequerst

Measurements and weight

Height: 66.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ United Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century, Late
Circa 1685 CE - 1700 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt
Vase Height 51 cm
Base Width 25.6 cm

Materials used in production

pale buff Earthenware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Pale buff earthenware, thrown, formed externally to create eight facets, tin-glazed and painted in blue; the cover made separately

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: V is over the upright of the L

  • Text: V over L
  • Location: On base of vase and under the flange of cover
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2479 & A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73572
Old object number: 4434
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 March 2023 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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