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Bowl: C.136-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Glasshouse: Thomas Webb & Sons (Probably)
Glasshouse: Stevens and Williams (Possibly)




Clear lead-glass with 'rock crystal' engraving in Chinese style

Clear lead-glass with 'rock crystal' engraving. The bowl stands on a narrow cylindrical foot. Its curved sides have been squashed to produced a ounded oblong mouth with an outwards folding edge. The foot is decorated with hatched triangles. The long sides have a bat over a lucky sign, flanked by stylized floral sprays which meet at the narrow ends. The rim has a border of lozenges containing a four-petalled flowerhead.


History note: Howard Phillips, Henrietta Place, London, from whom purchased in October 1975; 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

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.9 cm
Width: 10 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Stourbridge ⪼ West Midlands ⪼ England
  • Brierley Hill ⪼ West Midlands ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 19th Century
Victoria I
Production date: circa AD 1884


Bats are symbols of happiness and joy in Chinese art, and are generally considered lucky creastures. In Chinese the word sounds like the word for 'Good Fortune'.

In 'Rock crystal' engraving the design and uncut surface are polished, as opposed to normal wheel-engraving where the design is not polished and contrasts with the surface. Both Thomas Webb and Stevens & Williams undertook this style of engraving during the 1870s and 1880s.

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References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.136-2015
Primary reference Number: 206830
Old object number: 7
Entry form number: 648
Old loan number: AAL.136-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 6 October 2015 Updated: Tuesday 28 August 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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