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Box: PER.M.346 & A-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Brass and silver, rectangular; the lid and base set with openwork silver plaques

Brass and silver, rectangular with engraved decoration. The slightly domed lid is is hinged and set with a pierced and engraved silver plaque to the top and a brass one below. The upper silver plaque is divided into four panels, each representing a season, with a couple in a vignette skating, fishing, gardening or harvesting. The lower brass plaque is pierced and engraved with angels and an angel's mask round a scrolled cartouche depicting a man supporting an angel. The plaque in the base is divided into four pierced and engraved panels representing the four continents, with a man and horse for Europe, an Arab and camel for Asia, a man with a quiver of arrows and a lion for Africa and an native American with an animal - possibly a dog - for America. The sides and mounts of the box are engraved with panels of scrolling foliage. The hinge is broken and two retaining mounts are missing.

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.7 cm
Length: 12.5 cm
Width: 5.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


Possibly last quarter of 17th century
1680 CE - 1700 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Panels composed of silver
Box composed of brass (alloy)

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.346 & A-1923
Primary reference Number: 150636
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 8 December 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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