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Box: M.155-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Franco, Joseph Napoleon
Box maker: Tahan




Rosewood box with small oval miniature of a posy of flowers

Ebonised rosewood, the lid has a rosewood and satinwood inlay and is set with a miniature painted in oil, probably on card, with an engraved gilt metal mount. The rectangular box has a hinged lid with a metal catch, which is released by a button on the front. The small oval miniature depicts a posy of flowers, including roses, on a shaded pale green ground. The catch is inscribed 'Tahan a Paris'.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.9 cm
Length: 8.6 cm
Width: 5.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973-04-06) by Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.


19th Century
Circa 1831 - 1859

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Components of the work

Miniature composed of bodycolour ( probably) card ( probably)
Clasp composed of brass (alloy) ( probably)
Mount composed of metal
Inlay composed of satinwood rosewood
Box composed of rosewood
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: nap Franco
  • Location: Top left, above the pink rose
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature
  • Location: On the catch
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's or retailer's mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.155-1973
Primary reference Number: 150697
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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