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Brush pot: OC.37-1936

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Factory: Unknown




Hard-paste porcelain brush pot, painted in enamels and gilding. The pot has straight, upright sides shaped in the form of two overlapping diamonds to give four wide vertical surfaces and four narrow ones. The wider sides are painted respectively with a pheasant perched on an outcrop of rockwork amongst sprays of flowering tree peony, a beetle among day lily and dianthus blooms, an aubergine butterfly hovering above chrysanthemum sprays, and a pale pink butterfly in flight near three poppies.
Each of the narrower sides with a fourteen character poem written in black, and bearing the Qianlong seal mark in iron-red. All edged with a raised pale iron-red border decorated with a gilt scroll. The interior and base are glazed in turquoise.
Seal mark of Qianlong in underglaze blue


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Reginald R. Cory Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.2 cm
Width: 13.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1936) by Cory, Reginald R.


Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
Circa 1736 CE - 1795 CE

School or Style

famille rose

Components of the work

Seal Mark composed of underglaze colour ( blue)
Border composed of gilt
Interior, Base composed of glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.37-1936
Primary reference Number: 77698
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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