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Censer: OC.41 & A-1938

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Censer and cover. Hard-paste porcelain, of square section applied on the biscuit with turquoise, green aubergine, yellow and black glazes and decorated with mythical creatures and two phoenix head handles, with a wooden cover and jade finial.

Censer and cover. Hard-paste porcelain applied on the biscuit with turquoise, green aubergine, yellow and black glazes. Of Ming bronze shape, the body is of square section tapered towards the base and suppoorted on a high, slightly splayed foot of ruyi-shaped outline coloured black on the exterior. Each of the four sides is edged with a green-ground key-fret border pencilled in black and decorated with a recessed panel showing strange mythical creatures, mostly composite, rising from amongst swirling incised waves in pale green; the recognizable creatures being a dragon pursuing a 'flaming pearl', a carp and a Buddhist Lion, all picked out in yellow, aubergine and green outlined in black. The two opposite sides are set with a projecting handle in the form of a downward-gazing phoenix head. The cover is wood with a jade finial. The interior is glazed in yellowish-cream. The mouthrim, footrim and base are left unglazed and with scattered patches burnt orange in the firing.


History note: Dated as Ming in the Cunliffe Collection Catalogue and described as acquired at Dickenson (no date given), for £20

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Leonard Daneham Cunliffe

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 10.7 cm
Height: 7.2 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 glazes ( turquoise, green aubergine, yellow and black)
Cover composed of wood with jade finial
Body composed of hard-paste porcelain
Phoenix Heads

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  • Text: T.102 L.D.C.
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.41 & A-1938
Primary reference Number: 77712
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 14 July 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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