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Sprinkler bottle: C.8-1999

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Perhaps La Granja de San Ildefonso glasshouse (Production)
Probably Unidentified Iranian glasshouse (Production)


Dark green glass, blown, wheel-engraved, and partly gilt. The bottle stands on a circular base with a very slightly concave pontil mark in the centre. It has a globular body, contracting into a tall, slender neck with an irregular surface on the rim. Inside it has a 'screw' to take a metal sprinkler. Half-way down the neck there is an engraved wreath of paired leaves with remnants of gilding. On the body there are three engraved and gilt stylised roses flanked by leaves.


History note: Howard Phillips, Aylesbury, Bucks, from whom purchased in May 1992 by Sir Ivor Batchelor; Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor.

Legal notes

Given by Sir Ivor and Lady Batchelor

Place(s) associated

  • La Granja ⪼ Segovia ⪼ Spain

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1999-01-18) by Batchelor, Ivor, Sir and Lady


Late 18th century
Production date: circa CE 1770


On accession this bottle was attributed to the San Ildefonso glasshouse which was founded near the royal palace of La Granja by a Catalan glass maker, Ventura Sit, in 1728. The Queen, Isabel Farnese, was impressed by the window and mirror glass made there and built a glasshouse for him on the royal estate. However, it is possible that it could have been made in Iran rather than Spain.

Components of the work

Decoration: composed of gilt Glass: composed of green glass Foot: Diameter 6.8 cm
Goblet: Height 26.9 cm

Techniques used in production

Mould-blowing : Blown, wheel-engraved and partly gilt

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.8-1999
Primary reference Number: 27932
Entry form number: 101
Old object number: 92
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 4 March 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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