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Snuff box: M.73-1961

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Goldsmith: George (Possibly)




Tortoise shell and gold; shaped rectangular with a gold piqué work Chinoiserie vignette

Tortoise shell and gold; the shaped rectangular gold box has a hinged lid. The lid and base are set with tortoise shell plaques within moulded gold borders. The tortoise shell lid is decorated with a gold piqué work Chinoiserie vignette of a man in Oriental dress with two dwarves, one playing a horn and the other with an exotic bird, on a staircase and surrounded by exotic trees and flowers. The base is similarly decorated with a smaller vignette of hoho bird and tree.


History note: Bought at The Hague in July 1902

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.4 cm
Length: 8.3 cm
Width: 6.4 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
Louis XIV or Louis XV
After 1717 - Circa 1722

School or Style


People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Base composed of tortoise shell
Lid composed of tortoise shell
Box composed of gold
Piqué Work composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: george - á paris
  • Location: On the edge of the base
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Retailer's name

Inscription present: a fleur-de-lis in a lozenge-shaped cartouche

  • Location: On the side of the lid and the base
  • Method of creation: Struck

Inscription present: a dolphin in a triangular cartouche

  • Location: On the side of the lid and the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Text: 63
  • Location: On the inside of the lid
  • Method of creation: Printed in black and glued
  • Type: Paper label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.73-1961
Primary reference Number: 150683
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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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