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Snuff box: M.88-1961

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Oval, tortoise shell box with silver mounts and portrait bust of William III and Queen Mary

Tortoise shell with silver mounts and stamped and chased portrait bust. Oval box with straight sides and flat lid. The sides of the lid and the projecting hinge are of silver and have a scalloped edge. The top of the lid is set with a double portrait bust of William III and Queen Mary in relief.

Notes

History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.9 cm
Length: 8.3 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

Relative size of this object

8.3 cm1.9 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.

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960-12-13) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray

Dating

Late 17th or early 18th century
After 1689 - Circa 1725

Note

The portrait but of William III and Queen Mary are based on the coronation medal of 1689 by George Bower

The silver does not bear a maker's mark

School or Style

English

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Box composed of tortoise shell Mounts composed of silver Portrait composed of silver

Techniques used in production

Carving : The tortoise shell was carved from a turtle shell, which was heated and pressed to form the lid and parts of the base, which were glued together. The hinge was soldered to the silver sides and pinned to the base. The portrait bust was stamped and chased and pinned to the lid, which was set into the silver sides.
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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.88-1961
Primary reference Number: 150675
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 29 July 2019 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 (2022) "Snuff box" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/150675 Accessed: 2022-08-19 08:22:08

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