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English snuff box with a girl with a basket of roses

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An image of Snuff box. Objets de vertu. Girl with basket of roses. Unknown maker, England, probably. Navette-shaped horn box with gold piqué work; the lid set with a miniature of a seated girl holding a basket of roses. Pointed oval (navette-shaped) with straight sides. The top of the flat lid is inlaid with a gold piqué wriggle work border; in the centre is a navette-shaped miniature in faded browns, blues and pinks depicting a seated girl, facing three-quarters left, wearing a hat and holding a basket of pink roses. The gold mount round the miniature, the hinge and the thumbpiece are engraved with bright cut borders. A vacant oval impressed cartouche in the base indicates some decoration is missing. Horn with gold mounts and inlaid gold piqué work; the lid set with a miniature painted in watercolour and bodycolour probably on card. Height, whole, 2.8 cm, length, whole, 9.5 cm, width, whole, 4.5 cm, 1780-1800.

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Snuff box. Objets de vertu. Girl with basket of roses. Unknown maker, England, probably. Navette-shaped horn box with gold piqué work; the lid set with a miniature of a seated girl holding a basket of roses. Pointed oval (navette-shaped) with straight sides. The top of the flat lid is inlaid with a gold piqué wriggle work border; in the centre is a navette-shaped miniature in faded browns, blues and pinks depicting a seated girl, facing three-quarters left, wearing a hat and holding a basket of pink roses. The gold mount round the miniature, the hinge and the thumbpiece are engraved with bright cut borders. A vacant oval impressed cartouche in the base indicates some decoration is missing. Horn with gold mounts and inlaid gold piqué work; the lid set with a miniature painted in watercolour and bodycolour probably on card. Height, whole, 2.8 cm, length, whole, 9.5 cm, width, whole, 4.5 cm, 1780-1800.

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  • Accession Number: M.42-1929
  • Photograph copyright © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
  • Aperture: f/22.0
  • Focal length: 120
  • Camera: Hasselblad H3DII-31
  • Photographer name: Amy Jugg
  • Image height: 1025 pixels
  • Image width: 588 pixels
  • Processed with: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.0 (Windows)
  • Filesize: 373.96kB
  • Exposure time: 1/60
  • ISO Speed: 100
  • Fnumber: 22/1
  • Captured: 2014:03:28 16:20:35

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