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Priming flask: HEN.M.461 & A-1933

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Steel flask inlaid with silver decoration in relief on a gilt ground, including a vignette of a cherub warming himself before a fire

Steel inlaid with silver decoration in relief on a gilt ground. Of flattened pear-shape; one side is decorated with a vignette of a cherub warming himself in front of a fire; the other with two exotic birds above an owl; on a ground decorated with Baroque scrolls and strapwork.

Legal notes

James Stewart Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933) by Henderson, James Stewart


Mid-late 17th Century
1650 - 1700

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Surface composed of gold
Decoration composed of silver
Flask & Stopper Height 3.2 cm Length 11.5 cm Width 4.9 cm

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.461 & A-1933
Primary reference Number: 155903
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 10 February 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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