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Scent flask: C.134 & A-2015

Object information


Pellatt and Green (Glasshouse)
Pellatt, Apsley (Proprietor of glasshouse)


Cut glass containing a sulphide of George IV, the reverse inscribed 'Pellatt and Green/Patentees/LONDON'


History note: Howard Phillips, London from whom purchased in December 1974; Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor, St Andrew's, Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January)

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 10.4 cm
Width: 8 cm

Relative size of this object

8 cm10.4 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


George IV
Circa 1820 CE - 1830 CE


The technique of making sulphides or 'cameo encrustations' was introduced into England about 1819 by Apsley Pellatt (1791-1863). The sulphides were made of china clay, sand, and potash, heated and cast in plaster-of-Paris moulds. Ater firing and cooling, they were re-heated and enclosed in molten glass. When the object was finished, the sulphide had a silvery apperance, although it was actually white or pale grey.

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Flask And Stopper composed of glass ( clear)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Pellatt and Green/Patentees/LONDON
  • Location: On the back of the sulphide
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.134 & A-2015
Primary reference Number: 206825
Old object number: 4
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.134 & A-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 29 September 2015 Updated: Monday 14 May 2018 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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