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Flower vase: C.2524A-1928

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Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Factory: Unidentified Delft factory




Flower vase in the form of a Chinese sage or deity with three spouts for flowers on his head and shoulders, of tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue

Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue. The figure is supported on a low rectangular base with two arches cut away at the front and back, and one at each end to produce six low feet. The sage or deity stands with his feet together flanked by low branches. He has a moustache, and a beard, and wears a long gown decorated with flowers, a vertical panel of scrolls, and border patterns. His right arm is bent across his chest, and with his left hand he holds his robe across his body. Three flower spouts decorated with scattered flowers spring from his head and shoulders. The base is decorated with ovals, and circular wheel motifs reserved in a blue ground


History note: Sotheby's, late 1899 or 1900; Mr Aked, London; Mr S.E. Mossel, 6 Manette Street, London (also dealer in Amsterdam) from whom purchased on 9 November 1900 with other pieces, and valued at £5 by Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge

Legal notes

Dr J.W.L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ Unitied Provinces of the Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1700


Possibly De Metalen Pot (the Metal Pot) factory. It has been suggested that this vase and its pair might have been made in Braunschweig in Germany (see Documentation)

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Earthenware, moulded, tin-glazed, and painted in cobalt-blue

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2524A-1928
Primary reference Number: 73661
Old object number: 1159
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 May 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 1 November 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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