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Flask: C.8-1967

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Factory: Lowestoft Porcelain Factory




Soft-paste porcelain flask, painted with Oriental flowers in underglaze blue.

Soft-paste porcelain flask, painted underglaze in blue. The flask is of flattened circular pilgrim shape, with a narrow cylindrical neck. It is painted on one side with bamboo and peony in a fenced garden, the reverse with a tree peony growing from rockwork. Both sides are edged with a trellis-diaper border. The neck is painted with the initials I-B and the date 1778, a flowerhead on the reverse. Three stilt marks appear on the side of the body, and the mouth is stopped with a cork, sealed with a crest in red wax.


History note: F.A. Crisp Collection, sold Sotheby's, 14th February 1935, lot 74, £12 10s 0d.; G.F. Hotblack Collection, sold Sotheby's, 6th December 1955, lot 15, £31.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs F. Recordon

Measurements and weight

Height: 14.0 cm
Width: 21.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Lowestoft ⪼ Suffolk ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1967) by Recordon, F., Mrs


18th Century, third quarter#
George III
Production date: circa AD 1778

Components of the work

Stopper composed of cork (bark)
Crest composed of wax
Decoration composed of cobalt-blue

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: IB
  • Location: On neck
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Text: 1778
  • Location: On neck
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Date

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.8-1967
Primary reference Number: 38437
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 August 2015 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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