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Vinaigrette: M.59-1983

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Silver-gilt; harp-shaped vinaigrette

Silver-gilt; the Irish harp-shaped vinaigrette is formed from a cast caryatid and scroll attached to coffin-shaped base cum box, with narrow wires forming the strings. The box is hinged, and closes with a screw peg. The top is pierced to release the perfume from the herbs or flowers contained in the box. Two rings (for suspending the vinaigrette from a chain) are attached to the top of the harp.


History note: Stockbridge Antiques, High Street, Stockbridge, Hampshire

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.3 cm
Length: 8.5 cm
Width: 1.6 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1983-10-10) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


The box is unmarked and may have been made in Ireland or England

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Two Sides

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.59-1983
Primary reference Number: 150741
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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