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Box: M.11 & A-1980

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Papier-mâché, lacquered; on the lid an applied coloured print of a man and woman being offered a small glass of liquid from a barrel

Papier-mâché and lacquer; circular with slightly concave sides and an almost flat pull-off lid. The interior is fitted with a screw-out concealed compartment. The base, sides and interior are lacquered black. The top of the lid has an applied coloured print depicting a man and woman being offered a small glass of liquid from a barrel, under which is inscribed 'LE CUVIER'. The inner base of the box and the false bottom have applied coloured prints of erotic scenes inscribed 'Les deux Soeurs' and 'Comme ils sonts Beaux'.

Legal notes

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

Place(s) associated

  • Birmingham ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


Early 19th Century
Production date: circa AD 1815

Components of the work

Print composed of paper
Surface composed of lacquer
Box composed of papier-mâché
Surface Of Print composed of varnish
Box And Lid Diameter 8.8 cm Height 2.3 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: LE CUVIER
  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Les deux Soeurs
  • Location: Inside the base
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Comme ils sonts Beaux
  • Location: On base of the false bottom
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Inscription

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.11 & A-1980
Primary reference Number: 150728
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 13 November 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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