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Flask in the form of a Book: C.194-2015

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Flask in the form of a Book


Glasshouse: Unknown




Clear glass spirit carafe. Moulded in the form of a book, with Gothic windows on the sides.

Clear, bubbly glass, blown-moulded in the form of a book with a short cylindrical neck with an applied trail round the mouth. The integral decoration on both long sides comprises a four-light window in the decorated Gothic style with circular quatrefoil lights above under an ogee arch with crockets. At each corner, flanking the window, is a column with a pinnacle at the top. At the bottom of the spin there are two letters , possibly D or P and R. There is a pontil mark in the middle of the underside.


History note: Sir Ivor and Lady Batchlor, St Andrew's Fife; Sir Ivor died on 24 April 2005; on loan since 2006 (Syndicate of 30 January). Purchased from Howard Phillips, December 2012

Legal notes

Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor Bequest through The Art Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.6 cm
Width: 12.3 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (2015-04-27) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


18th century
Circa 1750 CE - 1800 CE

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Materials used in production

clear Glass

Techniques used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: C.194-2015
Primary reference Number: 206930
Old object number: 67
Old loan number: AAL.196-2006
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Audit data

Created: Tuesday 3 November 2015 Updated: Wednesday 12 December 2018 Last processed: Monday 15 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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