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Box: C.25 & A-1962

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Current Location: In storage


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Seal paste box and cover. Hard-paste porcelain decorated on the biscuit in underglaze blue and in yellow, green, aubergine and pale turquoise-blue enamels

Seal paste box and cover. Hard-paste porcelain decorated on the biscuit in underglaze blue and in yellow, green, aubergine and pale turquoise-blue enamels. Of rectangular form with well rounded corners. The cover is delicately painted on the top with a pair of phoenix standing on an outcrop of jagged ornamental rockwork in underglaze-blue, surrounded by a profusion of large peony sprays and a prunus-tree in blossom. The sides are encircled by a border of upright yellow lappets edged in green above the lipped edge. The shallow box has a corresponding lipped edge and a raised border on the interior of the rim to accomodate the cover, and is decorated round the sides with four clusters of different floral sprays growing behind pierced rockwork. The interior of the cover and box and the base has been applied with a translucent enamel of greenish tone with faint iridescence.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 7.1 cm
Height: 4.6 cm
Length: 8.9 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1962-10-18) by Ward, The Hon Lady


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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( underglaze blue and yellow, green aubergine and pale turquoise-blue)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: J.W.
  • Type: Label
  • Text: John Sparks, 128, Mount Street, W.
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.25 & A-1962
Primary reference Number: 73602
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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