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Toothpick case: M.45-1984

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Stephany, G. (Possibly)
Miniaturist: Dresch J. (Possibly)
Box maker: Unknown




Elongated oval, ivory box, the lid set with carved ivory miniature of sailing ships silhouetted against a black painted sky

Carved ivory, mirror glass and gold. Elongated oval with straight sides and a gold hinge and button clasp. The top of the lid is decorated with carved ivory micro miniature of sailing ships silhouetted against a black painted sky, set under glass with a gold mount. The underside of the lid is set with a mirror, and the base is lined with red velvet.


History note: Not known before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs J. Hull Grundy

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.4 cm
Length: 8.9 cm
Width: 3.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Germany

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984-06-11) by Hull Grundy, J., Mrs


19th Century, Early-Mid#
1800 CE - 1840 CE


G. Stephany and J. Dresch, immigrants from Augsburg, worked in London and Bath producing carved ivory micro miniatures, often depicting frigates, for English society. They carved busts of George III, Queen Charlotte and Princess Charlotte and were granted the title 'Sculptors in Miniature on Ivory to their Majesties' by George III.

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Components of the work

Lid composed of paint glass
Mounts composed of gold
Box composed of ivory
Lining composed of velvet
Mirror composed of glass

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.45-1984
Primary reference Number: 150747
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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