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Priming flask: M.34 & A-1940

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Steel flask inlaid with silver decoration, including a vignette of a cherub warming himself before a fire; the stopper with trefid-shaped terminal

Steel inlaid with silver decoration on a russet coloured ground. Of flattened pear-shape with a the pull-off stopper (A) with trefid-shaped terminal. 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. The background and stopper are decorated with Baroque scrolls and strapwork. Tied round the rim projecting from the top of the neck is an orange coloured cord.

Legal notes

Given by Miss E. Rothwell in memory of the late W.E. Miller, F.S.A.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1940-06-10) by Rothwell, E., Miss


1650 - 1700

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of silver
Flask & Stopper Height 2.7 cm Length 9.8 cm Width 4.8 cm

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.34 & A-1940
Primary reference Number: 19794
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 14 February 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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