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A lady at her dressing table: M.58-1984

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Current Location: In storage


A lady at her dressing table
Translated as: oval, tortoise shell box inlaid with gold piqué point work flowers; the interior painted with a vignette of a lady seated before her dressing table


Maker: Unknown




Tortoise shell with chased gilt metal mounts, inlaid gold piqué point work and a painted polychrome vignette in bodycolour, probably on card, under glass. Oval with straight sides with projecting edges and a projecting hinge. The top of the lid is decorated with a flowering tree, rocks, plants and a dragonfly. The base is decorated with a simpler image of a plant, cloud and dragonfly. The interior of the lid is painted with a lady seated before her dressing table and mirror; she reads a letter whilst attended by a black servant bringing chocolate or coffee. The thumbpiece and mount of the lid are chased with stylized foliage and flower heads.


History note: Not known before donors, Dr and Mrs J.C. Burkill

Legal notes

Given by Dr & Mrs J.C. Burkill

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.6 cm
Length: 8 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984-07-23) by Burkill, J. C., Dr & Mrs


18th Century, Mid
George II
Louis XV
1730 CE - 1760 CE

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Components of the work

Painting composed of bodycolour glass
Box composed of tortoise shell
Mounts composed of metal
Piqué Work composed of gold
Surface Of Mounts composed of gold
Gold Piqué

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.58-1984
Primary reference Number: 150635
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 29 January 2024 Last processed: Thursday 1 February 2024

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

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