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Box: M.109 & A-1973

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Dael, Jan Frans van
Box maker: Unknown




Tortoise-shell with miniature of a vase of flowers (some fallen) on a marble slab

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour and watercolour on ivory (or card), set under glass with an engraved gold mount. The circular box has slightly concave sides and an almost flat pull-off lid. The interior is lined with gold and set with gold rim mounts. The circular miniature depicts a carved stone (or embossed metal) vase of flowers including roses, delphiniums, tulips, narcissi and forget-me-nots (with some fallen), on a marble slab.

Legal notes

Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973-04-06) by Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Mid#
Circa 1784 - Before 1840


Jan Frans van Dael was Flemish but worked in Paris

School or Style

French box with Flemish painting

Components of the work

Miniature composed of card ( possibly) ivory ( possibly) watercolour bodycolour
Box composed of tortoise shell
Linig composed of gold
Mount composed of gold
Rim Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Diameter 8.5 cm Height 2.3 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: illegible

  • Location: Inside the lid and on the lower rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

Inscription present: illegible

  • Location: Inside the lid and on the lower rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Location: Beneath the rim mount?
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Initials
  • Text: 146
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.109 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 1294
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 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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