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Wine pot: OC.5 & A-1942

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Wine pot and cover. Hard-paste porcelain, of hexagonal section with openwork panels and perforated cover, painted in black, yellow, iron-red, turquoise, green, blue and aubergine enamels with the 'Three Friends'.

Wine pot and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in black, yellow, iron-red, turquoise, green, blue and aubergine enamels. The baluster body is of hexagonal section decorated on each of the six sides with a moulded petal-shaped panel in high relief pierced to reveal the biscuit body beneath. The panels are arranged in two groups of three respectively depicting pine, prunus and bamboo, the Three Friends, picked out in bright red, green and aubergine, reserved against the lustrous black ground. A moulded band of upright red and green lotus petals spring from a green-ground scroll border round the base. The shoulders are decorated with a green-ground lotus scroll. The loop handle is moulded in the form of a yellow fish with an aubergine head, set opposite the yellow hexagonal spout which springs from an aubergine dragon's head. The upright neck has ruyi-heads reserved against alternating fish-roe and stippled grounds. The hexagonal cover is pierced with prunus branches encircling the blue prunus flowerhead knop.


History note: Mrs W.M. McClean. Sold at Sotheby's 24th July 1942, Lot 31

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam with the aid of Captain W.M. McClean

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 17 cm
Height: 15.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1942) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( black, yellow, iron-red, turquoise, green, blue and aubergine) Cover Loop Handle Panels Spout

Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: One pair teapots same as this were sold at Christies, April 1903 for CVXXX gui.'.
  • Location: Inside
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.5 & A-1942
Primary reference Number: 77742
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 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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