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Venus and Cupid: M.13 & A-1948

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Current Location: In storage


Venus and Cupid


Maker: Unknown




Circular, green lacquer box inlaid with gold piqué work; the lid set with a miniature of Venus and Cupid

Green lacquer inlaid with gold piqué work with red lacquer borders inlaid with silver piqué work; the lid set with a miniature in polychrome enamel on copper within a gold (or gilt metal) mount; the interior lined with tortoise shell. Circular. The straight sides, flat lid and base are inlaid with gold piqué work stars within a border of crosses. The moulded borders are inlaid with silver piqué work stars and rope decoration. On the top of the pull-off lid is an applied slightly domed oval plaque depicting Venus and Cupid playing with two doves in a pastoral scene. Round the plaque the gold (or gilt metal) mount is engraved with borders of zigzags, bright cut ovals and ropework.

Legal notes

Given by P.C. Manuk & Miss C. D. Coles through the National Art Collections Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 7.8 cm
Height: 2.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948-10-01) by Manuk, Percival Chator Coles, C. D., Miss


Last quarter of 18th century
1775 CE - 1800 CE

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Components of the work

Mount composed of gilt metal ( possibly) gold ( probably)
Box - Exterior composed of lacquer
Box - Interior composed of tortoise shell
Plaque composed of enamel

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.13 & A-1948
Primary reference Number: 150749
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 18 October 2017 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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