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Biberon: MAR.C.135 & A-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 17 (Flower)






Biberon in shape of a fish. Quartz crystal, cut and mounted in enamelled gold.. Fish-like body with a cover in the back, and an opening at the tail end. Two fins attached at the side. Supported on a single knop stem rising from an ovate, domed foot. Enamelled gold mounts to the lid, fins, stems and foot.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.0 cm
Length: 22.2 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century
Circa 1500 - Circa 1600


Possibly made in Milan

Components of the work

Mounts composed of enamel gold

Materials used in production

Quartz crystal

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.135 & A-1912
Primary reference Number: 31245
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 14 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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