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Snuff box: M.84-1961

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Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

Wide octagonal, tortoise shell box with silver mounts and thread piqué work vignette, initials and motto "TEMPUS FUGIT"

Tortoise shell with silver mounts and inlaid thread piqué work. Wide octagonal with straight sides and an almost flat lid. The moulded sides of the lid and the projecting hinge are of silver. The top of the lid is decorated a vignette of winged Mercury in front of a church, houses and a tree, above is the motto 'TEMPUS FUGIT'. The base of the box is decorated with the initals 'JS' in monogram within a border of scallop shells and scrolls.

Notes

History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.8 cm
Length: 8.7 cm
Width: 6.7 cm

Relative size of this object

8.7 cm1.8 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Early 18th Century
1700 CE - 1740 CE

Note

The silver does not bear a maker's mark

School or Style

French

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

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

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: TEMPUS FUGIT
  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Piqué work
  • Type: Motto
  • Text: JS
  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Piqué work
  • Type: Initials

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.84-1961
Primary reference Number: 150691
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 6 January 2014 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Snuff box" Web page available at: https://data.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/id/object/150691 Accessed: 2022-05-28 08:09:52

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