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Snuff box: M.75-1961

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Shell-shaped tortoise shell box, the lid with silver mounts and engraved piqué work strapwork and figures in a shell shape

Tortoise shell; the lid with silver mounts and inlaid with engraved silver piqué work. Shell-shaped with straight sides. The slightly domed lid has stepped silver mounts, two projecting hinges and an arched thumbpiece. The top is decorated to resemble a shell with twelve ribs dividing the surface into thirteen panels. These contain stylised pendant flowers and, in the centre, a naked woman with a cherub on either side. On the base is an impressed plant shape, which would originally have contained a silver piqué ornament.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.9 cm
Length: 9.3 cm
Width: 6.8 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Early-mid 18th century
1710 CE - 1740 CE


The silver does not bear a maker's mark

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Components of the work

Box composed of tortoise shell
Hinges And Mounts composed of silver
Inlay composed of silver
Silver Piqué

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.75-1961
Primary reference Number: 150685
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 1 March 2017 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

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

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