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Snuff box: PER.M.358 & A-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Obrisset, John (Probably)
Medallist: Roettiers, John (1631-1703) (After)




Oval, horn box pressed with a portrait bust of Charles I

Horn, carved and pressed. Oval with straight sides. The top of the pull-off lid depicts a portrait bust of Charles I, in profile, facing right, in an oval cartouche.

Legal notes

S.G. Perceval Bequest, 1922

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George


18th Century, Early#
Circa 1705 CE - Before 1728 CE


Unsigned but probably by Jean Obrisset. The portrait is after the medal of 1670 by John Roettiers. It lacks the legend round the outer edge which appears on some signed boxes: CAROLVS D.G. ANGLIA SCOTIAE HIBERNIAE REX

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Whole Box Height 3.3 cm Length 11 cm Width 9 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : The base, sides and lid were carved from horn. The pieces were then heated and pressed to form flat sheets, moulding or pressed patterns before being glued to form a box, which was then stained, possibly to resemble bronze.

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.358 & A-1923
Primary reference Number: 118342
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 29 July 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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