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Censer: M.9-1904

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Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


Maker: Unknown




Gilt-bronze. The foot is hexagonal with ogee curves and a decidedly Tuscan moulding. The cup is hexagonal with projections for the chains at the angles, and around the base of it is a foliate design in low relief. The lid is pyramidal in three stages with turrets at the six angles through which the chains pass. In the lower two stages each side is pierced with a four lighted window, the heads of which form interlacing round arches. This Romanesque motif is set under an ogee-headed crocketted gable. The uppermost stage is pierced with trefoils.


History note: Hollingworth Magniac; sold Christie, Manson & Woods, 5 July 1892 (3rd day), Catalogue of the Renowned Collection of Works of Art, chiefly formed by the late Hollingworth Magniac, Esq. (Known as the Colworth Collection), p. 66, lot 198; sold for £27.6.0 to McClean; Frank McClean, MA, FRS.

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Frank McClean Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 29 cm
Width: 11.6 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1904) by McClean, Frank


15th Century, Early#
Circa 1400 - 1430

School or Style

Gothic (Medieval)

Components of the work

Surface composed of gilt

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Techniques used in production


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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1904
Primary reference Number: 13815
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 26 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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