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Snuff box: PER.M.349-1923

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Unknown
Box maker: Unknown




Gilt metal set with a miniature in bodycolour, probably on card, and mounted under glass. The oval box has straight sides and a flat lid with projecting hinge. The miniature is set across the centre of the lid. The red gilt metal lid, base and sides are engraved with panels of engine-turned basket-work within yellow gold borders of husks on a matted ground. The miniature depicts two figures, one possible fishing, in a rural landscape with cottage, lake and village in the background.

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.0 cm
Length: 7.5 cm
Width: 5.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late
1770 CE - 1800 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Miniature composed of card ( possibly) bodycolour
Box composed of metal
Surface Of Box composed of gold
Cover composed of glass

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.349-1923
Primary reference Number: 150657
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 September 2012 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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