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Box: M.89-1961

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




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.


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

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century, Late-18th Century, Early#
After 1689 - Circa 1725


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


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

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: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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