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Vase: C.43-1911

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Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown




Fritware painted in blue under a transparent glaze

Fritware, moulded, painted in blue under a transparent glaze
Shape: slightly everted rim on a conical neck, a pear shaped body; three secondary necks on the shoulder alternating with protruding pointed lugs, sits on a splayed, low foot ring.
Exterior: all decoration is painted in reserve against a blue background. On the neck a frieze of seated Chinese figures wearing long robes and hats are surrounded by scrolls and roughly drawn flowers. The secondary necks on the shoulder have blue rims; between these necks, scrolls are painted on the shoulder. On the body, a further frieze of Chinese figures and a crane are again painted against a background of scrolls and flowers. A blue line is painted on the foot ring and just below the rim. The glaze is uneven on the foot ring, leaving areas uncovered; the underside of the base is glazed.
Interior: undecorated except for glaze


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, lot 132

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.1 cm
Weight: 273 g
Width: 9.7 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1911-03-20) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Late 17th to 18th century
Circa 1650 CE - Circa 1799 CE

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Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( blue)
Base Diameter 4.9 cm
Rim Diameter 6 cm

Materials used in production

transparent, uneven on the foot ring Glaze

Techniques used in production

Moulding : Fritware, moulded, painted in blue under a transparent glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular paper label

  • Text: 43/11
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: circular paper label with blue printed rim

  • Text: 132/8 (hand written in black), printed border
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand written in black ink, printed
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.43-1911
Primary reference Number: 75065
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 April 2017 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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