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Jar: EC.36 & A-1945

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Object information


  • Toilet Jar and Cover

Soft-paste porcelain jar and cover, painted underglaze in blue with, round the top and bottom of the jar, bands of trelliswork and lambrequins

Soft-paste porcelain of ivory tone, the jar thrown, the cover moulded, and painted underglaze in blue. The jar is cylindrical with slightly uneven sides, and recessed base. The depressed centre of the circular domed cover is moulded with radiating gadroons, and the flat, circular knob is also gadrooned. A flange on the underside fits inside the jar. Round the top and bottom of the jar there are narrow bands of dotted trelliswork interrupted by blue oval motifs enclosing a reserved flower head. Below the top border there is a repeating design of long and short lambrequin motifs, and above the bottom border, long and short lambrequins of different forms. The cover has a zig-zag line round the edge with smaller lambrequins of a different pattern radiating from it towards the centre

The Dowager Viscountess Harcourt; sold Sotheby's, 16 November 1945, Catalogue of Fine Continental, English, and Chinese Porcelain, French and English Works of Art, Etc., p. 4, part of lot 20 (including C.37-1945).

Named entities

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Acquisition and important dates

  • Method of acquisition: Given
  • Dates: 1945




The cover may not be that originally supplied with the jar, and the knob appears to be a replacement. Jars of this form are usually described as either toilet jars or tobacco jars

Place(s) associated

  • Saint-Cloud ⪼ France

Measurements and weight

  • Height: 16.2 cm

Agents depicted

Subjects depicted

Components of the work

  • Decoration composed of underglaze cobalt-blue
  • Jar measuring: Diameter by cm by 10.6
  • Cover measuring: Diameter by cm by 11.2
  • Both Parts

Materials used in production

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: sun face
  • Location: On the base
  • Method of creation: Painted underglaze in blue
  • Type: Mark

Associated department: Applied Arts

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

  • Accession number: EC.36 & A-1945
  • Primary reference Number: 40248
  • Stable URI

Audit data

  • Created: Saturday 6 August 2011
  • Updated: Wednesday 20 January 2021
  • Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021
  • Data source: Adlib

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