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Snuff box: C.1-1936

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Enamel on copper with gilt metal mounts; rectangular; the lid painted with the Schloss at Hubertusburg

Enamel on copper with gilt metal mounts; rectangular with straight sides and hinged slightly domed lid. The box is painted in coloured enamels on a white enamelled ground. Depicted on the lid is the hunting Schloss at Hubertusburg with the inscription above ' NVNCIA PACIS' and below 'HVBERTSBERG . D. 15 FEBR : MDCCLXIII'. On the four sides are depicted buildings in landscapes, and on the base a map on partially furled scroll. Inside the lid is depicted a female holding a baton or sceptre in her right hand and an ear of corn in her left hand. She stands in a rural landsape in which there is a field of partially cut corn and a man ploughing with two horses. Inscribed above is 'IAM REDIRE AVDET' and below ' GERMANIS PACTA'. The gilt metal mount round the lid has two narrow borders of engine turned decoration and a cusped thumbpiece. Inside the box both mounts have fluted edges.

Legal notes

Given by Ralph Griffin

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.3 cm
Length: 8.3 cm
Width: 6.2 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1936-02-19) by Griffin, Ralph


3rd quarter 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1763

School or Style


Components of the work

Mount composed of metal
Surface composed of enamel
Box composed of copper
Surface Of Mount composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.1-1936
Primary reference Number: 150748
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 August 2015 Last processed: Thursday 14 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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