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Box: M.9 & A & B-1980

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Stobwasser, Johann Heinrich (Possibly)




Papier-mâché, lacquered and painted; the painting on the lid depicting a reclining woman in a peach coloured dress, the removable inner base depicting an erotic scene

Papier-mâché, lacquered and painted; circular with slightly concave sides and a flat pull-off lid; the inner section removable. The base, sides and interior are lacquered black The lid is painted in polychrome with a young woman, wearing a peach coloured dress, and reclining on a tasselled cusion beneath a green drape. She dreams of her lover, who is possibly represented in the statue which is seen through the window embrasure on her left. The base of the false lining depicts an erotic scene and is inscribed 'Thomasnacht'.

Legal notes

Given by J.R.V. Smyth, Esq.

Place(s) associated

  • Brunswick ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1980-06-02) by Smyth, J. R. V.


Late 18th or early 19th century
After 1763 CE - 1840 CE


Possibly produced in the factory of Johann Heinrich Stobwasser where nearly 100 workers produced painted goods, including papier-mâché boxes with hidden erotic scenes

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Components of the work

Surface composed of lacquer
Box composed of papier-mâché
Decoration composed of paint
Box And Lid Diameter 9.3 cm Height 2.2 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Thomasnacht
  • Location: On the base of the false bottom
  • Method of creation: Painted

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9 & A & B-1980
Primary reference Number: 150726
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 19 September 2012 Last processed: Wednesday 24 March 2021

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

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