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Box: M.8-1964

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Current Location: In storage


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Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, rectangular divided into two compartments with separate lids and integral hinges; decoarated with scenes of courtship, country life and Apollo's chariot

Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, the rectangular box is divided into two equal compartments, the separate lids with integral hinges. Each lid is nielloed with a vignette of a courting couple within a rococo border on a matt gild ground. The base and sides are similarly decorated. The base depicts a watery landscape with waterfowl; the front panel depicts Apollo's chariot; the back panel shows two swans pulling a chariot through water; and the side panels show a shepherd and a flautist in a rural landscape. The borders have an applied gilt wavy edge. The interiors are gilt.

Legal notes

Bequeathed by Arnold John Hugh Smith through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.5 cm
Length: 10.8 cm
Width: 6.0 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • Veliki Ustiug ⪼ Russia

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1964-03-12) by Smith, Arnold John Hugh


3rd quarter 18th Century
Circa 1770 CE - 1775 CE


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Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold niello

Materials used in production


Identification numbers

Accession number: M.8-1964
Primary reference Number: 150705
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 October 2017 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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