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Scent flask: C.51-1950

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Meissen Porcelain Factory




Hard-paste porcelain moulded in the form of a pilgrim bottle with masks in relief on each side, painted overglaze in polychrome enamels, and gilded. Decorated with a Chinese man, flowers and insects in the style of J.G. JHöroldt Gilded on the base and neck, which has a silver-gilt stopper and chain.


History note: Unknown before Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.6 cm
Width: 5.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Meissen ⪼ Saxony ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950-09) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


Frederick Augustus I
Circa 1725 CE - 1735 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels gold
Mounts composed of silver gilt

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.51-1950
Primary reference Number: 140313
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 1 February 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 1 February 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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