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Perfume burner: M.7 & A-1997

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Sculptor: Grandi, Gian Girolamo (Putto)
Sculptor: Grandi, Vincenzo




Copper alloy, probably bronze, cast. Vase-shaped perfume burner, with pierced sides, and two v-shaped handles, the cover surmounted by a standing putto leaning on an extinguished torch.


History note: Collection of Gabriel Boisot, baron de Vaire, Besançon, France, by 1719; with Cecil Leitch and Kerin Ltd, London, by December 1937; sold by C.G. Cooper (now co-partner of Copper & Adams, Finchley) to Lt Col the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC (1892-1958), 1940 (£446. 5. 0.); bequeathed to his sister, the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek; bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek, from the collection of the late Lt Col the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory.

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Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs Pamela Sherek, from the collection of the late Lt Col. the Hon. M.T. Boscawen, DSO, MC, in his memory

Measurements and weight

Height: 34.1 cm
Width: 20.9 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Trent
  • Padua ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1997-01-27) by Sherek, Pamela


Mid 16th century
Circa 1530 CE - 1560 CE


Purchased in 1940 as by Riccio. By 1997 considered to have been made in Padua or Trent by one or both of the Grandi. The putto was formerly thought to be perhaps German, late 15th or early 16th century. It has been fixed to the lid in the form of a funerary genius, which is a later fitting, made to match the urn.

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Materials used in production

probably bronze Copper alloy

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7 & A-1997
Primary reference Number: 14011
Old object number: B.7.
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 19 November 2020 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

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

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