British Museum

British Museum

Low vase with two handles and a cover; lapis lazuli; slightly mounted in gold, enamelled and jewelled; mouth with moulded edge and row of low bosses encircling the shoulder; below are radiating ribs; two small loop-handles, fluted, springing from acanthus leaves, and on top of each a shield-shaped gold setting containing a faceted diamond and two rubies (an addition?); flat cover with central knob surmounted by group of Venus and Cupid, enamelled white, with rubies and diamonds round base; head of Venus surmounted by suspension loop; group may be an addition.

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  • Title: vase
  • Date Created: 1550/1600
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 10.50cm; Length: 10.30cm; Width: 7.80cm; Diameter: 4.90cm (base); Diameter: 5.10cm (cover); Diameter: 4.50cm (rim); Weight: 310.00g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Technique: carved; polished; enamelled
  • Subject: myth/legend; classical deity
  • Registration number: WB.70
  • Production place: Made in Milan. Made in Florence. Made in London
  • Material: lapis lazuli; diamond; enamel; gold; ruby
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Bequeathed by Rothschild, Ferdinand Anselm. Previous owner/ex-collection Cavendish, William Spencer


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