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Jardinière (plant stand): M.14-1979

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 4


Maker: Unknown




Nutwood and bronze with three lead-lined bowls, the largest with a bronze frieze of classical gods and goddesses separated by signs of the zodiac and supported by four fluted columns rising from winged bronze sphinxes supported on an inward-curving quadripartite base on scroll feet.


History note: Wateringubury Place; Christie's, 31 May 1978, Wateringbury Place sale, Part I, p. 125, lot 261, illustrated p. 27; sold to William Redford, 9 Mount Street, London, W1, from whom purchased

Legal notes

Purchased with the Rylands Fund, contributions from the Friends of the Fitzwilliam and Mr William Redford, and grant-in-aid from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Measurements and weight

Height: 119.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1979) by Redford, William


19th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1820


The bowl has a frieze of classical gods and goddesses separated by signs of the zodiac, possibly inspired by a design for tables à fleurs in plate 22 of Percier and Fontaine’s 'Receuil de décoration intérieurs' (Paris, 1812). A jardinière of almost similar design, but with gilded bronze mounts, made by the École des Arts et Métiers de Chalons was shown at the Exposition des produits de l'industrie française of 1819. It won a gold medal and was acquired by Louis XVIII who gave it to the Duchess of Angoulême.

School or Style


Components of the work

Liners composed of lead
Mounts composed of bronze
Basin Diameter 57.2 cm
Base Diameter 74.3 cm

Materials used in production


References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14-1979
Primary reference Number: 95864
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 June 2020 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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