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Box: M.89-1961

Object information

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Oval, bombé-shaped pressed tortoise shell box with silver portrait bust of William III and Queen Mary

Pressed tortoise shell with stamped, chased and engraved silver. Oval bombé-shaped with fluted lid and base. The hinge on a long side is engraved with stylised flowers. The top of the lid is set with a silver double portrait bust of William III and Queen Mary in relief. The base has a twisted silver wire round the rim.

Notes

History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.7 cm
Length: 7.5 cm
Width: 5.3 cm

Relative size of this object

7.5 cm2.7 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 bust of William III and Queen Mary 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 Hinge

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.89-1961
Primary reference Number: 150676
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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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Box" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/150676 Accessed: 2022-07-01 12:52:46

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