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Snuff box: M.74 & A-1961

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Circular, tortoise shell box, the lid inlaid with silver piqué work and mother-of-pearl dancers and a group of musicians

Tortoise shell inlaid with silver and mother-of-pearl piqué work. Circular with straight sides and moulded borders. The top of the slightly domed pull-off lid is decorated with a vignette of three dancers and a group of musicians within a rococo border of scrolling foliage and flowers. The silver rim mount (which is now detached) is inscribed 'C.A.S. 1840-1940 LOUIS CLARKE PRESIDENT FROM THE COUNCIL'.

Notes

History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 9.0 cm
Height: 3.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

18th century
1720 CE - 1760 CE

School or Style

French

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Box composed of tortoise shell Inlay composed of mother-of-pearl silver Piqué Work

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: C.A.S. 1840-1940 LOUIS CLARKE PRESIDENT FROM THE COUNCIL
  • Location: On the silver rim mount
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.74 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 150684
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 20 September 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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