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Censer: OC.40-1938

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'Egg and Spinach' Censer. Hard-paste porcelain, of bombé form, applied on the biscuit with yellow, green aubergine and white glazes and modelled with the Eight Immortals in high relief.

'Egg and Spinach' Censer. Hard-paste porcelain applied on the biscuit with yellow, green aubergine and white glazes. Of bombé form, the censer rests on a splayed foot encircled by an incised green-ground foliate scroll, which is repeated beneath the short flared neck. The exterior is decorated with mottled amber, green, aubergine and white glazes roughly carved to suggest rockwork, and is encircled by a modelled frieze of the Eight Immortals in high relief, each carrying their respective attributes, and picked out alternately in yellow, green and aubergine with white faces. Applied on either side of the body are lion mask handles, each roughly moulded animal head is encircled by a frieze of ringlets. The interior is unglazed apart from a green band beneath the unglazed mouthrim. The footrim and countersunk base are also unglazed.


History note: According to the Cunliffe Collection Catalogue, purchased at Christies, 15.7.18., for £25

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Leonard D. Cunliffe

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 11.4 cm
Height: 7.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Cunliffe, Leonard Daneham


Qing Dynasty
Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
Circa 1662 - Circa 1722

Components of the work

Eight Immortals
Lion Mask Handles

Materials used in production

except for the mouthrim, footrim and base Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: T.78 L.D.C.
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.40-1938
Primary reference Number: 77710
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 September 2012 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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

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