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Box: M.8-1964

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




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 A.J. Hugh Smith through the National Art-Collections Fund, 1964

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.5 cm
Length: 10.8 cm
Width: 6 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Veliki Ustiug ⪼ Russia

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, third quarter
Circa 1770 CE - 1775 CE


The box is unmarked

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold niello

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.8-1964
Primary reference Number: 150705
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 31 January 2024 Last processed: Thursday 1 February 2024

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

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