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Fire from a Set of Elements: C.341-1991

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Current Location: In storage


Fire from a Set of Elements


Production: Unknown
Printmaker: Goltzius, Hendrik (After)




Muff glass decorated en grisaille with details etched with a needle. Fire is shown as a full length, long-haired classical figure. He wears a cuirass-like tunic with short sleeves, short breeches with the right leg rolled up, and a billowing voluminous cloak. In his raised left hand he holds a flame and in his right, a grenade, shown as a sphere with four flames issuing from it. On the ground on the left there is a salamander in a fire, and on the right further back, a small crowd of robed figures and one kneeling before an altar with a flaming sacrifice on it, creating a pall of smoke. In an oval lead with a suspension loop at the top.


History note: Purchased at Christie's, 25th July, 1924; H.S. Reitlinger (d.1950); the Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead, from which transferred in 1991.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Henry Scipio Reitlinger, 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 18.5 cm
Height: 24.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1950) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century, Late
17th Century, Early#
Circa 1575 CE - 1630 CE


The figure was derived from a print by Goltzius, see Illustrated Bartsch, Vol. 3, 1980, Le Feu from The Elements engraved by a student of Goltzius under his direction 'H. Goltzuis execudebat A.o 1586'.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of paint

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Staining : Oval panel, decorated en grisaille with details etched with a needle

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.341-1991
Primary reference Number: 28215
Packing number: EWA 814
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 28 February 2024

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

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