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Tea caddy: C.735 & A & B-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Factory: Unknown (Probably)




Tea jar with stopper and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue. Jar of ovoid shape, with sloping shoulders tapering to a flat, recessed glazed base with Dohachi mark in underglaze blue. The body is painted with a figure standing beside trees and a rocky, mountainous landscape, with water and two boats beneath a scrolling border with four flower heads and above three circular lines in underglaze blue. Pacton (white bronze) cylindrical neck, stopper and cover, the latter with a circle of raised stylised decoration.


History note: W. Peer Groves Collection. H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8.1 cm
Height: 9.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Kyoto ⪼ Japan

Acquisition and important dates

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


Edo Period (1615-1868)#
20th Century, Early
Circa 1900 - 1925


Japanese, Edo Period, Kyoto

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Cover composed of white bronze
Neck composed of white bronze
Stopper composed of white bronze
Glaze composed of glaze

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: rectangular white inscribed in blue/black ink

  • Text: Dohachi iii Kioto 1870-5
  • Method of creation: Inscribed in blue/black ink
  • Type: Label

Inscription present: single character mark of Dohachi (iii) in underglaze-blue

  • Method of creation: In underglaze-blue
  • Type: Mark

Inscription present: rectangular white label

  • Text: The Property of W. Peer Groves
  • Method of creation: Printed in red
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.735 & A & B-1991
Primary reference Number: 21725
Old object number: JAPCER/185
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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