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Box: M.21-1964

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B.K (Maker)


Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, rectangular with cut corners, decorated with a Chinoiserie vignette in a rococo border

Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, rectangular with cut corners and integral hinge. The flat cover is nielloed with a vignette of two Oriental figures in rocky Chinese scene with a bridge, buildings and pine trees in the background, surrounded by a rococo border; the whole on a matted gilt ground. The sides and recessed base are similarly decorated. The bezel and corners are engraved with a border of chevrons. The interior is gilt.

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Moscow ⪼ Russia

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
Circa 1800 CE - 1820 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold niello Box And Lid Height 1.5 cm Length 9.0 cm Width 6.0 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

  • Text: B.K
  • Location: On the inside of the lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: St. George slaying the dragon

  • Location: On the inside of the lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark
  • Text: 84
  • Location: On the inside of the lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Standard mark

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.21-1964
Primary reference Number: 150718
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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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