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Snuff box: PER.M.359 & A-1923

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Oval, horn box pressed with a view of Rouen

Horn, carved and pressed. Elongated oval with straight sides. The top of the pull-off lid depicting a view of the city of Rouen, including the river, bridge and cathedral; at the top in relief is the legend 'LA VILLE DE ROUEN'. The base is pressed with a diaper-work pattern, alternate lozenges containing stripes and a star.

Notes

History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.0 cm
Length: 13.0 cm
Width: 7.0 cm

Relative size of this object

13 cm3 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • Rouen ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922-03-07) by Perceval, Spencer George

Dating

18th century
1700 CE - 1800 CE

School or Style

French

Materials used in production

Horn

Techniques used in production

Carving : The base, sides and lid were carved from horn. The pieces were then heated and pressed to form flat sheets, moulding or pressed patterns before being glued to form a box, which was then stained, possibly to resemble bronze.
Pressing Heating

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: LA VILLE DE ROUEN
  • Location: On the lid above the view of Rouen
  • Method of creation: Pressed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.359 & A-1923
Primary reference Number: 150654
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 October 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Snuff box" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/150654 Accessed: 2022-08-09 14:13:42

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