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Box: C.621 & A-1991

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Maker(s)

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Description

Domed cylindrical box and cover. Orange stoneware, thrown, covered in white slip, and painted in iron-black under clear glaze. The cover with rounded shoulders and slightly concave top fits over the rim of the body. The body has nearly vertical sides, and a low, slightly flaring foot and recessed, flat base. The correct positioning of the cover on the body is indicated by three small applied buttons like rivets near the rim of each (one on the cover and two on the base). The decoration over all is in iron-black on white slip. The cover depicts a sage holding a ring sitting under a tree within a lined circle, and surrounded by a border of rabbits, birds and flowers, within wide and narrow lines. The sides of the cover are decorated with three panels within a border of wide and narrow lines: one showing a boy with a deer, the second a mythical beast and the third a boy holding a hammer and piece of bamboo, and a lion. The panels in between are decorated with flowers and foliage, and tree and foliage with cross-hatched ground. The base is decorated with three bands: the narrow top band with lozenge shapes; the centre band with various flowers and leaves on cross-hatched ground; and the lower band with white flowers, with dark centres and leaves.

Notes

History note: Purchased from Sotheby's, 2 November 1933, Catalogue of European & Oriental Porcelain ..., lot 11 for £4.10s.0d; Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Legal notes

Bequeathed by H.S. Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991.

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.3 cm
Height: 24.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio

Dating

Ming
16th century
Circa 1500 - 1600 1600

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of slip ( white) Glaze: composed of clear glaze

Materials used in production

Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, white slip, painted in iron-black under clear glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.621 & A-1991
Primary reference Number: 21092
Old object number: CHICER/294
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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