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Jar: OC.39 & A-1936

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Jar and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue and iron-red, yellow, two green, turquoise and aubergine enamels enhanced with gilding with a wide frieze of intricate lotus scrollwork with four large blooms between borders.

Jar and cover. Hard-paste porcelain painted in underglaze blue and iron-red, yellow, two green, turquoise and aubergine enamels enhanced with gilding. The jar is of baluster form and has wide rounded shoulders tapered towards the countersunk base. The sides are decorated in doucai style with a wide frieze of intricate lotus scrollwork; the four large blooms are alternately coloured iron-red and yellow and are flanked by winding thin foliate scrolls bearing multi-coloured buds. There is a border of upright lotus petal panels enclosing florettes round the base. The shoulders have a composite florette border between a band of pendent leaves enclosing angular scrollwork and a border of 'S'-shaped key-fret scrolls. The shoulders are set with two lion mask handles in high relief, painted in iron-red with green manes, suspending gilded rings. The short flared neck has a band of ruyi-heads pendent from the gilt-edged rim. The small domed cover has a border of matching composite floral scrollwork and a collar of gilt ruyi-heads around the spherical knop. The base and interior are glazed in turquoise.

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Reginald Cory Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.9 cm
Width: 12.7 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1934) by Cory, Reginald R.


Qing Dynasty
Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
Circa 1736 CE - Circa 1795 CE

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( iron-red, yellow, two green, turquoise and aubergine) cobalt-blue Handles

Materials used in production

Glaze Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain, thrown, with applied handles and painted in underglaze blue and iron-red, yellow, two green, turquoise and aubergine enamels
Glazing (coating)

Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.39 & A-1936
Primary reference Number: 77704
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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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