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Flask: C.20-1996

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Current Location: In storage




Tin-glazed earthenware painted in blue. Cylindrical with curved shoulders, short cylindrical neck with an upward-tilting lip, and an angular handle. Decorated on the front with a quatrefoil frame with stylized flowers and fruit on its outer edge, enclosing a view of a windmill. Below are two stylized flowers and the monogram ELB for Ervan Lucas Bols, between groups of three curved motifs. The sides are decorated with detached floral sprigs and round the base there are two narrow bands, and below the handle, a fruit or flower flanked by leaves. Under the lip there is a group of formal leaves, and round the rim a narrow band. The outisde of the handle is decorated with two groups of short graduated horizontal lines with a circle and four dots between them, and down each side, a line.


History note: Unknown before Mrs Muriel Elizabeth Webb

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Mrs M.E. Webb

Measurements and weight

Height: 12.8 cm
Width: 9.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Delft ⪼ Holland ⪼ Netherlands

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1996-06-10) by Webb, M. E., Mrs


Late 19th Century
20th century
Circa 1880 - 1940

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colour ( blue from cobalt)
Base Diameter 7.9 cm

Materials used in production

uncertain might be lead-glazed Tin-glaze

Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: illegible
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Impressed
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: T [?] V B
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Incised
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: concealed by paper label
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted in blue
  • Type: Mark
  • Location: Over mark on base
  • Method of creation: Printed in black
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20-1996
Primary reference Number: 73018
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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