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Ewer emblematic of Water: M.4-1941

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Ewer emblematic of Water


Founder: Unknown (Probably)
Michel, Sigisbert-François (After)




Bronze, cast and chased. Of antique ewer form, standing on a square base. A triton sits on the shoulder, and the body is decorated with a dolphin mask, and rushes.


History note: Formerly at Dorchester House

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Height: 45 cm
Length: 23.2 cm
Width: 16.5 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941-02-13) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


First half of 19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - 1850 CE


Accessioned as English, but probably French. Probably derived from a model by Sigisbert-François Michel (1728-1811) exhibited in the Salon of the Académie de Saint-Luc in Paris in 1774. Designs for similar ewers were supplied to Josiah Wedgwood by John Flazman senior in 1775 and were made in black basalt and jasperware in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

School or Style


Components of the work

Foot Depth 13 cm Width 13 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Casting (process) : Bronze, cast, chased, and patinated

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-1941
Primary reference Number: 12385
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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