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Jar: C.51-1911

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Current Location: In storage






Fritware coated in a white slip painted in blue under a colourless glaze

Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white slip painted in three shades of blue under a colourless glaze.
Shape: inverted pear shaped body with a cylindrical neck, sits on a low foot ring.
Exterior: on the neck a curling leaf pattern is visible. On the shoulder, contained within panels with bracketed lower sections, further curling leaves and a flower head or a stylised lotus blossoms are painted. On the body, does and stags, along with occasional insects prance in a hilly landscape with stylised pagodas and floral sprays. Large sprays of lilies spring from palm like leaves separate each group of animals. On the lower body a series of interlocking lappets and on the foot a concentric band of further flower heads and curling leaves. On the underside of the foot a black tassel mark is painted. The glaze covers the entire surface with the exception of the rim of the foot ring and a small area on the body. A scar mark on the body probably results from contact with another vessel in the kiln.
Interior: undecorated except for a surface glaze.


History note: From the Joseph Dixon Collection, sold at Christie’s, 16th-17th March, 1911, lot 140, sold with other vessels for 20 guineas

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 40.6 cm
Weight: 6913 g
Width: 31.6 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century
Circa 1600 - Circa 1699

School or Style


Components of the work

Exterior composed of pigment ( three shades of blue, black tassel mark)
Rim Diameter 11.8 cm
Base Diameter 15.5 cm

Materials used in production

colourless Glaze
white Slip

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware, probably wheel thrown, coated in a white slip painted in three shades of blue under a colourless glaze
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: painted under the glaze

  • Text: tassel mark
  • Location: Exterior base (underside of foot ring)
  • Method of creation: Hand painted in black
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.51-1911
Primary reference Number: 75347
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 June 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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