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The 'Well Spring' Carafe: C.50-1972

Object information

Current Location: In storage


The 'Well Spring' Carafe


Designer: Redgrave, Richard
Glassworks: John Fell Christy
Glassworks: Stangate Glass Works




Clear lead glass, blown, enamelled in shades of green, with yellow, white and red, and gilded. Bulbous ovoid body with short flared neck, standing on a low foot. The sides are decorated with water weeds above which is a wreath of white and yellow flowers round the base of the neck. The foot is decorated with red criss-cross strokes which extend a short distance up the sides. The rim is gilt.


History note: Charles and Lavinia Handley-Read Collection; both died 1971; purchased from Thomas Stainton, executor of the Handley-Read Estate

Legal notes

Purchased with the Perceval Fund and grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 10.2 cm
Height: 16.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1972-10-19) by Handley-Read Estate


19th Century, Late#
Victoria I
Production date: circa AD 1847 : The design was registered on 3 June 1847


This was the first product designed by Richard Redgrave for Felix Summerly's Art Manufactures

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green and red) gold

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Registration mark for 1847

  • Method of creation: Enamelled
  • Type: Registration mark

Inscription present: within a rectangular outline with a downward pointing V at its centre, and over it an anchor in an circular outline

  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Mark

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.50-1972
Primary reference Number: 26927
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 27 September 2017 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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