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Bottle: MAR.C.80-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Production: Unknown




Bottle vase. Hard-paste porcelain with a powder-blue ground, and gilt painted with three medallions enclosing a pair of deer, a group of Precious Objects and a carp rising from waves, in reserve on an ornate gilded ground of chrysanthem scrollwork.

Bottle vase. Hard-paste porcelain with a powder-blue ground, and gilding. The elegantly potted, spherical body resting on a low straight foot and tapering at the shoulders to a tall slender cylindrical neck. The heavily motttled, dark blue ground is overlaid with gilded decoration, now largely faded; the body with three medallions enclosing respectively a pair of deer beneath a pine tree, a group of Precious Objects including ding-shaped and jue-shaped censers and a carp rising from swirling waves, in reserve on an ornate gilded ground of dense chrysanthemum scrollwork with blooms and foliage reserved in powder blue. There is a broad band of thin vertical stripes around the base and a narrow key-fret border around the shoulders. The neck is freely painted with a chilong dragon in flight between broad bands of cell-diaper. The base and interior are white.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by C.B. Marlay

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 23 cm
Height: 43.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1905-03-26) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


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

Components of the work

Ground composed of cobalt-blue
Decoration composed of gold

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain with an underglaze powder-blue ground, and gilding
Glazing (coating)

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.80-1912
Primary reference Number: 77400
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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