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Perfume burner and cover: C.28 & A-1978

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Maker: Unknown




Perfume burner and cover. Hard-paste porcelain, of square section, pierced, and painted on the biscuit in an enamel palette of black, yellow, aubergine and two tones of green, the cover with a Buddhist lion knop.

Perfume burner and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted on the biscuit in an enamel palette of black, yellow, aubergine and two tones of green. The two-storied body is of square section with upright sides supported on four green scroll legs issuing from ferocious animal masks. The lower part of the body has raised rectanglar panels incised with a wan-diaper pattern picked out in black on a green ground, reserved against an intricate green and yellow trellis diaper, surmounted by a galleried flange with a florette diaper in green, yellow and aubergine round the edge and a green-ground spiral scroll on the top. The upper part of the body is intricately pierced with green wan-diaper panels reserved against pale green cell-diaper. There is a matching pierced wan-diaper and cell-diaper pattern on the sloping sides of the domed cover which has a flat top, centred with a large pale aubergine Buddhist lion knop, the animal's right paw resting on a pale yellow brocade ball. The interior and the base are unglazed.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr Sydney Smith

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 19.6 cm
Height: 29.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1978-06-05) by Smith, Sydney, Dr


Qing Dynasty
Circa 1662 CE - Circa 1722 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( black, yellow, aubergine and two tones of green)
Exterior Body,cover composed of glaze
Exterior Body, Cover
Upper Body

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.28 & A-1978
Primary reference Number: 74098
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 11 June 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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