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Tureen: OC.18 & A-1938

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Tureen and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in a bright enamel palette of iron-red, blue, two greens, turquoise, yellow, aubergine and black enhanced with gilding.

Tureen and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in a bright enamel palette of iron-red, blue, two greens, turquoise, yellow, aubergine and black enhanced with gilding. Of circular form, the tureen is of shallow, slightly bombé form; the exterior is decorated with a cluster of flowering tree peony and chrysanthemum on either side divided by demi-chrysanthemum handles in iron-red beneath a stippled green-ground border of floral scrollwork round the rim reserved with four fish vignettes. The interior has a large medallion showing a bird perched on a fruiting and flowering pomegranate tree, encircled round the well by eight tasseled Precious Objects, including the artemesia leaf, cash and musical stone, hanging on beaded ropes from a green brocade-diaper boarder round the rim. The gently domed cover has a matching fish-vignette band round the rim and two similar floral clusters divided by pheasants in flight. The knop is in the form of a rooster with iron-red feather markings standing astride peirced rockwork in green, yellow and aubergine.


History note: The Cunliffe Collection Catalogue records this piece as possibly purchased at Christies, 2.5.16.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 31.8 cm
Height: 19.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( iron-red, blue, two greens, turquoise, yellow aubergine and black) gold

Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: L.D.C., T. 23
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.18 & A-1938
Primary reference Number: 77618
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 28 January 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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