Perfume Burner

On display


  • Title

    Perfume Burner

  • Artist/maker

    probably Desiderio da Firenze (active 1532 - 1545) (caster)
  • Associated place

    Padua (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1540 - 1550
  • Material and technique

    bronze, with traces of gilding

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    51.2 cm (height)
    base section 10.7 cm (height)
    base section at rim 18.7 cm (diameter)
    central section 16.6 cm (height)
    central section at rim 14.2 cm (diameter)
    upper section 26.9 cm (height)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Purchased (France, Madan, Russell, Bouch and Miller Funds) with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), the Friends of the Ashmolean, the Elias Ashmolean Group, Mr Phillip Wagner, and other private benefactors, 2004.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 56 | Arts of the Renaissance
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Warren, Jeremy, Vol 1 Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum Publications, 2014), pp. 196 - 206 no. 50

Christopher Brown, ‘The Burlington Magazine, Acquisitions (1998-2014) at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford’, 1139, (2014), ---, illus. p. 719

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