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Snuff box: M.92-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Wide oval, tortoise shell box with gold mounts set with a carved ivory cameo of a winged scribe

Tortoise shell with gold mounts, set with a carved ivory cameo on wood under glass. Wide oval with straight sides, a rim mount and concealed hinge. The top of the flat lid is set with a circular cameo of a seated winged scribe, facing left, on a wood ground, within a mount which overlaps the projecting thumbpiece.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.5 cm
Length: 9.5 cm
Width: 4.5 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
1790 CE - 1820 CE


The gold does not bear a maker's mark

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Cameo Background composed of wood
Box composed of tortoise shell
Mounts composed of gold
Cameo composed of ivory
Cameo Cover composed of glass

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.92-1961
Primary reference Number: 150679
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 October 2012 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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