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Scent flask: C.5 & A-1988

Object information

Current Location: Mezzanine Landing


Glassworks: Pellatt, Apsley II




Cut glass, the flask containing a sulphide bust portrait in profile to right of an unidentified man, and the stopper two sulphides: Hebe and an Eagle; and a basket of flowers, the former enclosed by a green line and the latter by a blue. Flattened oval body with step on the shoulder; short, facetted neck with protruding rim; oval stopper with serrated edge. The base is cut with a chequer pattern; the body has vertical bands of fine diamond cutting, the edge of the rim and alternate serrations on the stopper are also diamond cut.


History note: On loan since 1981, from P.C. Stockbridge

Legal notes

Purchased with the Rylands Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.0 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1988-06-06) by Stockbridge, P. C.


19th Century, Early#
George IV
Circa 1820 CE - 1830 CE


The technique of making sulphides or 'cameo encrustations' was introduced into England about 1819 by Apsley Pellatt (1791-1863). The sulphides were made of china clay, sand, and potash, heated and cast in plaster-of-Paris moulds. Ater firing and cooling, they were re-heated and enclosed in molten glass. When the object was finished, the sulphide had a silvery apperance, although it was actually white or pale grey.

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.5 & A-1988
Primary reference Number: 27023
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 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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