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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1300-1350 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Rock crystal, mounted in gold

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 111, The Gilbert Bayes Gallery, case 2, shelf 1

Rock crystal is a transparent, colourless quartz. The art of carving rock crystal was known in Roman times and in Egypt under the Fatimid dynasty (909-1171). In Europe it was practised mainly in the north, but also in Italy. The Miseroni family, working in Milan then Prague from the 1550s, supplied the courts of Europe with rock crystal.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1300-1350 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Rock crystal, mounted in gold

Descriptive line

Ewer, rock crystal, France (Paris), ca. 1300-50

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

List of Objects in the Art Division, South Kensington Museum acquired during the Year 1882. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1883. pp. 77
Longhurst, M.H. 'Some crystals of the Fatimid period'. Burlington Magazine. 1928. pp.149-50
Halinlosev, H.R and Brugger, S. 'Corpus der Hartsteinschliffe des 12-15 Jahrhunderts.' Österreichische Zeitschrift für Kunst und Denkmalpflege. Berlin, 1988. 42. p. 203-205 No. 487.
Alcouffe, Daniel. Les Gemmes de la Couvonne. Paris, 2001. pp. 232
Catalogue of the Jones Bequest. 1924
Trusted, Marjorie, ed. The Making of Sculpture. The Materials and Techniques of European sculpture. London, 2007. pp.136, pl. 252


Rock crystal




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