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Tobacco box: M.23-1964

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: ЯT (Possibly)




Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, circular with convex sides; decorated with a rustic scene

Silver, parcel-gilt and niello, circular with convex sides and hinged lid. The lid is nielloed with a rustic scene depicting a man against a background of buildings and trees on a punched gilt ground. The sides and base nielloed with a geometric chequered pattern centred on a flower in the concave base. 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


19th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1820

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold niello
Box And Lid Diameter 8.2 cm Height 2.2 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

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

Inscription present: St. George slaying the dragon

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

Inscription present: possibly 'ЯT'

  • Location: On the inside of the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.23-1964
Primary reference Number: 150720
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 20 October 2017 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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