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Finger bowl: C.6-2000

Object information

Current Location: Mezzanine Landing


Glassmaker: Collins, William (glassmaker)




Clear metal, blown, cut, painted in yellowish-green, yellow, red and brown enamels, and gold. The bowl is circular with a small, slightly concave ground base, and curved sides which contract very slightly at the rim. The sides are divided into three zones by two sets of three cut horizontal bands. The lower part is occupied by vertical cuts radiating from the base. the second zone has on the front a rectangular panel painted with a nereid and a triton, water and weeds, flanked by three vertical cuts. The rest of that zone is diamond cut. The upper zone is decorated with red enamel laurel outlines over a broad gold band which extends over the rim and down inside the bowl for 2 cm.


History note: Unknown before lent by donor in 1981

Legal notes

Given by C.P. Stockbridge

Measurements and weight

Height: 9.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2000-03-06) by Stockbridge, C. P.


19th Century, Early#
George III
George IV
Circa 1815 CE - 1825 CE


This bowl is attributed to William Collins of 227 the Strand, London, on the basis of its similarity to a garniture of vases formerly in the collection of the Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex (1773-1843). On a trade card of 1815 bearing the arms of Queen Charlotte and the Duke of Sussex, Collins described himself as 'Glass manufacturer to Her Majesty and the Royal Family. He sells an extensive variety of lustres, Grecian lamps and cut glass of every description, flint, plate and window glass for exportation.'. .'. In 1822 he described himself as ‘Glass Manufacturer to His Majesty and their royal Highnesses the Duke of Sussex and Princess Elizabeth’.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( yellowish-green, yellow, red and brown) gold
Rim Diameter 12.7 cm
Foot Diameter 13.1 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Blowing : Blown glass with cut and enamelled decoration, and gilt rim

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.6-2000
Primary reference Number: 26830
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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