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Ships in a bay: PER.M.352-1923

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Current Location: In storage


Ships in a bay


Maker: Unknown




Boat-shaped tortoise shell box; the lid set with a polychrome miniature of ships in a bay

Tortoise shell, the top of the lid set with a polychrome miniature painted in oil on velum, set under glass in a gilt metal mount. Boat-shaped with oval slightly concave lid with a gilt metal hinge attached with a turquoise capped pin. The painting depicts ships in a bay in a rustic setting with people in the foreground and a ruined tower and buildings in the background. The top of the box is damaged and the painting, glass and mount are currently loose.


History note: Not known before accession

Legal notes

S.G. Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.2 cm
Length: 8.8 cm
Width: 3.7 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922-07-22) by Perceval, Spencer George


Mid-late 18th Century
1750 CE - 1800 CE

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Components of the work

Box And Lid composed of tortoise shell
Mount composed of metal
Painting composed of vellum (skin) oil paint
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.352-1923
Primary reference Number: 150653
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 11 August 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2023) "Ships in a bay" Web page available at: Accessed: 2023-05-28 03:48:18

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