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Vinaigrette: M.96 & A-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Gold, enamel and pearls; rectangular in the form of a book, the front enamelled with a cherub

Gold, enamel and pearls; rectangular in the form of a book, the lid opens like a cover to reveal a grill pierced in a simple diaper-work pattern. The cover is enamelled with a dark blue guilloché ground in the centre of which is enamelled in colours a cherub holding a bow with a broken string. The three sides of the cover away from the hinge have a border of half pearls. The base is similarly decorated but the central image depicts a lamb sitting on a drum next to a book, two peaches and a spray of flowers. The hinge is set into the spine of the book, which is decorated with four panels of puce guilloché enamelling alternating with narrow bands of gold and five bands of white spots on a black enamel. The top puce band contains a vacant oval cartouche. Inside the spine is a small cavity for scent. The stopper (A) has a flat circular top enamelled in red within a green border. The three sides of the box (book) are enamelled in a translucent brown flecked with gold.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 0.7 cm
Length: 4.0 cm
Width: 2.9 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

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


First half of 19th Century
1800 - 1850

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 18K
  • Location: On the inside of the lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Standard mark

Inscription present: a lozenge-shaped cartouche containing a key between two illegible letters or numbers

  • Location: In three places round the standard mark on both lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.96 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 150695
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 2 April 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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