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Five Mounts in a Frame: M.5-1816

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Current Location: In storage


Five Mounts in a Frame


Silversmith: Unknown




Silver and ebony; one oval mount embossed with the arms of Fitzwilliam impaling Decker, surrounded by four triangular mounts, each embossed with emblems of a season, attached to a later rectangular embonised wood frame

Silver and ebony; the central oval mount is embossed with the arms of Fitzwilliam impaling Decker on a matted ground. It is held in an oval ebony frame on a rectangular ebonised board. In each corner of the board is a shaped triangular plaque depicting the four seasons. Each plaque is finely embossed, chased and engraved. Spring has a basket of flowers; summer has the sun shining on a tree and two buildings with sheaves of wheat in the foreground; autumn has grapes, melons and fruit, and winter has a bare tree with game (rabbits and birds) hanging in the foreground. The wood frame with gilded borders is later.

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Founder's Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • London
  • Dublin

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1816) by Fitzwilliam, Richard, 7th Viscount


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1744 CE - Circa 1776 CE


The plaques do not have a maker's mark or hallmarks. Their original function is unknown and the small plaques may be by a different silversmith and of an earlier date.

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Components of the work

Mounts composed of silver
Large Mount Length 11.3 cm Length 4⅜ in Width 9 cm Width 3½ in
Small Mounts Length 4.2 cm Length 1⅝ in

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.5-1816
Primary reference Number: 140605
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 February 2017 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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