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Jar: MAR.C.90 & A-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Production: Unknown




Jar and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in a rich variety of enamels with a continuous garden scene of peacocks amid flowering plants.

Jar and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in a rich variety of enamels of brilliant tones, two greens, pink, blue, yellow, iron-red, turquoise, aubergine, black and white. The heavily potted baluster body is decorated with a continuous garden scene showing two peacocks near an outcrop of pierced blue rockwork surrounded by huge sprays of flowering tree peony, pomegranate and magnolia trees, enclosed by an ornamental balustrade in blue and white enamel. The reserve has a pink and green bird perched on a branch of tree peony gazing up a its mate in flight above, with three winged insects. The shoulders are encircled by an elaborate border of pendent lappets alternately coloured blue and iron-red and reserved with white foliate scrolls and pink and gilt flowerheards. The short neck has a lipped rim painted with two floral clusters. The high domed cover is encircled round the everted rim by a pale green brocade-diaper border reserved with iron-red flowerheads and decorated on the top with ruyi-shaped lappets of turquoise and trellis-diaper divided by pale pink peony studded panels encircling the knop, modelled as a large seated Buddhist lion.

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C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 38 cm
Height: 64 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


Qing Dynasty
Circa 1723 - Circa 1750

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( famille rose)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain, thrown, and painted in a rich variety of enamels of brilliant tones, two greens, pink, blue, yellow, iron-red, turquoise, aubergine, black and white
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: No 225
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.90 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 77409
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 9 June 2021 Last processed: Thursday 10 June 2021

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

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