Flask with Hunting Scene

Object Name: 
Flask with Hunting Scene

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Object Name: 
Flask with Hunting Scene
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 4.8 cm, W: 7.9 cm, L: 16.2 cm
On Display
about 1757
Web Description: 
This flask is one of the earliest known pieces of its kind. One side depicts a country scene of two horsemen on a rabbit hunt, and the other side shows a cartouche of purple scrolls enclosing the inscription "MAT.ew STUBS Esq. / 1757." The man who owned the flask may have carried it on the hunt. The decoration may be attributed to the workshop of the enameler John Haseltine of Birmingham, to whom William Beilby [see 50.2.8, 50.2.24] was apprenticed in 1755.
Russell, Rachel, Former Collection
MAT.ew STUBS Esq. / 1757
Inscription; Date
Inscribed on back
Primary Description: 
Opaque white, colored enamel; blown, tooled, enameled, assembled; the ovoid flask is made of opaque white glass. It has two flat sides, which are decorated with enameling, and a (restored) conical metal closure. The image on either side is oriented vertically to the base of the object. One side depicts an English country scene of a rabbit hunt. Two horsemen are charging from the right across a field; one of them is blowing a hunting horn. They are accompanied by a pack of hounds chasing a rabbit, seen on the far left. The image is surrounded by a frame of purple scrolls, which incorporates a mask surrounded by rays above the riders, probably personifying the sun. The reverse side is enameled with a cartouche of purple scrolls enclosing the inscription "MAT.ew STUBS Esq. / 1757."
Recent Important Acquisitions, 40 (1998) illustrated, p. 148, #18; BIB# AI40492
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1997 (1998) illustrated, p. 9; BIB# AI95178