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Watch key: M/P.105-1913

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Production: Unknown




Mother-of-pearl cameos of Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-88) and Pierre Corneille (1606-84), both in contemporary dress and both facing in profile to right, with their respective names BUFFON and CORNEILLE in front of them, set back to back in an oval gold mount with a gold cockle shell at top and bottom centre, the former attached to a suspension ring, and the latter to the stem of a watch key


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

F.G. Smart Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1913-06-05) by Smart, Frank Gray


18th Century, Late#
Production date: circa AD 1800


The sitters were George Louis le Clerc, comte de Buffon (1707-88), author of the 'Histoire naturelle . . .' (Paris 1749-88) and Pierre Corneille (1606-84), poet and dramatist

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Cameo composed of mother-of-pearl Height 3 cm Width 3.8 cm
Mount composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: BUFFON
  • Location: In front of portrait to viewer's right
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: In front of portrait to viewer's right
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.105-1913
Primary reference Number: 131078
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 24 August 2018 Last processed: Wednesday 7 February 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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