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Snuff box: M.15-1950

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Gilt metal and porcelain; circular, the porcelain lid painted with an Oriental building site

Gilt metal, porcelain and enamel paint; circular with concave sides and hinged flat lid. The lid is set with a circular porcelain plaque painted in coloured enamels. The top depicts a Chinoiserie scene showing a building under construction and a labourer. The inside of the lid depicts an Oriental man sketching, beside him are various tools of a builder. The sides of the box are engraved to resemble basket-work. The base has a pattern of wavy concentric lines formed by engine-turn engraving.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 7.2 cm
Height: 3.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • St Cloud ⪼ France
  • Mennecy ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1950-09-13) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century
1700 CE - 1800 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Box composed of metal
Decoration composed of enamel
Lid composed of porcelain
Surface composed of gold

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.15-1950
Primary reference Number: 150745
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 March 2015 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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