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Screw-top flask: C.2073-1928

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 27 (Glaisher)


Production: Unidentified Creussen Pottery




Brown salt-glazed stoneware decorated with applied moulded reliefs of Apostles, painted in polychrome enamels and gold

Dark brown stoneware, with applied moulded relief decoration, iron-brown wash, and salt-glaze, painted in lavender-blue, green, yellow, red, flesh, grey, white and black enamels, and gold; pewter screw top cover with brass ring. The flask is of oval six-sided form with a slightly spreading foot, and short neck to which is attached a circular pewter mount with a screw top to take the smaller cylindrical cover, which has a large brass ring. The underside of the base is slightly concave. The sides are decorated with six oval panels enclosed by wreaths with masks and foliage between them. Each panel has at the top either a heraldic rose or a putto's head and drapery, with below a figure of an Apostle holding his emblem with scattered gold stars in the back gound. On the shoulder there are six jewel motifs, surounded by white spots, and the top edge is encircled by white spots. Below the six panels there are six flower heads made up of white spots, and round the foot is a row of larger white spots between green horizontal bands.


History note: T. Russel Kent; Christie's, 29 January 1909, lots 1-23 were 'the Property of T. Russel Kent, Esquire., deceased, late of Suffolk Place, Pall Mall, S.W., part of lot 15; purchased by Mr Stoner on behalf of Dr J.W.L. Glaisher, FRS, Trinity College, Cambridge.

Legal notes

Dr J. W. L. Glaisher Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 21.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Creussen ⪼ Bavaria ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1928-12-07) by Glaisher, J. W. L., Dr


17th Century, second half#
Circa 1650 - 1700

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( lavender-blue, green, yellow, red, flesh, grey, white, and black) gold
Surface composed of iron-brown wash salt-glaze
Body Diameter 12.2 cm
Base Diameter 8.3 cm

Materials used in production

brown Stoneware

Techniques used in production

Throwing (pottery technique) : Thrown brown stoneware, with applied moulded relief, iron-brown wash, and salt-glaze, with painted decoration in lavender-blue, green, yellow, red, flesh, grey, white, and black enamels and gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.2073-1928
Primary reference Number: 73076
Old object number: 3039
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 15 December 2023 Last processed: Friday 15 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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