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Scent flask: C.28 & A-2007

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Capodimonte Porcelain Factory
Mount maker: uncertain




Soft-paste porcelain painted in polychrome enamels, with engraved and enamelled gold mounts and stopper. Decorated on one side with a half-length portrait of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, the Young Pretender (1720-88), and on the other with the arms and motto of Lady Mary Hervey (1700-68)

Soft-paste porcelain, moulded, painted overglaze in shades of blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, dull red, brown, grey, and black enamels, with gold mounts, and stopper (A) attached by a chain, engraved, and decorated in white, pale and dark pink opaque enamels, and translucent blue and green enamels. The stopper is attached to the mount by a gold chain. One side of the flask is decorated with a stippled half-length portrait of Prince Charles Stuart, the Young Pretender (1720-88), wearing armour and the green ribbon of the Order of the Thistle, the blue ribbon of the Order of the Garter, which appears to his right on a crimson cloak.. The portrait is surrounded by a garland of white roses, thistles and foliage with a mask at the top. The other side bears the arms of Lady Mary Hervey (1699/1700-1768), against an ermine-lined crimson robe surmounted by a coronet, against a pale blue ground, with the Harvey motto ‘JE N’OUBLIERAY JAMAIS’ on a ribbon below, surrounded by a garland of fruit and foliage with a bearded Bacchic mask at the top. The mount round the foot is hatched and overlaid by translucent blue enamel. The upper rim is hatched and encircled by a continuous stem of pink and white roses and leaves, and the stopper is enamelled to resemble a pink and white bud enclosed by leaves.


History note: Lady Mary Hervey (1699/1700-1768); unknown; Sotheby’s, 4 May 1965, Fine Continental Porcelain, p. 45, lot 148 sold anonymously for £750; Winifred Williams, Bury Street, London; Ernesto Blohm (1903-70); descendant of Ernesto Blohm; Christie’s, 27 June 2005, British and Continental Ceramics including Property from the Collection formed by Otto and Magdalena Blohm, lot 66; sold to the vendor.

Legal notes

Purchased with the Seamus V. Finn Fund, and grants from The Art Fund, and the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Naples ⪼ Campania ⪼ Italy
  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (2007-06-04) by E. & H. Manners


18th Century, Mid
Circa 1752 CE - 1755 CE

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( on porcelain, shades of blue, green, yellow, pink, purple, dull red, brown, grey, and black; on gold mounts, translucent blue and green; opaque white and pink)
Body composed of glaze ( presumed lead glaze) soft-paste porcelain
Mounts composed of gold
Stopper And Chain composed of gold
Porcelain Depth 2.5 cm Width 4.7 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.28 & A-2007
Primary reference Number: 146205
Entry form number: 842
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 15 February 2022 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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