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Vase: C.1A-1993

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


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One of two square stoneware vases, with a sloping cylindrical neck and cylindrical foot ring. With applied white reliefs and opaque powder blue glaze on the interior and parts of the exterior. Decorated on the sides with four of the Eight Immortals standing on waves, enclosed by a rectangular bamboo border, and on the neck with four symbols, all in white. The immortals are Zhong-li Quan (holding a fan), Han Xiang-zi (playing flute), He Xian-gu (with lotus flower) and Cao Guo-jui (castanets to the left).
Mark: Six character seal script mark of Qianlong.


History note: Purportedly given to Sir John Pratt by the Viceroy of Nanking, as a parting gift

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Bequeathed by Lady Pratt

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.5 cm
Width: 12.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1993) by Pratt, Lady


Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
1793 - 1794

Materials used in production

powder blue Glaze Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Relief Glazing

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1A-1993
Primary reference Number: 72957
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 19 March 2021 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

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

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