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Snuff box: M.14-1948

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Enamel on copper; rectangular, the lid painted with a pastoral view of a two lovers and Cupid

Enamel on copper with gilt metal mounts; rectangular with straight sides and hinged slightly domed lid. The box is painted with pastoral scenes in coloured enamels on a white enamelled ground. Depicted on the lid are two lovers in a wooded glade with Cupid flying above carrying a wreath; inside the lid is a shepherdess; on the front side are a pair of lovers; and on the three other sides is a young man or woman in a pastoral setting; painted on the base in green are some shrubs and a tree. The gilt metal mount round the lid is engraved with a pattern of lozenges on a reeded ground and has an arched thumbpiece. Inside the box the lower mount has a fluted edge.

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.8 cm
Length: 8.3 cm
Width: 6.6 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


3rd quarter 18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1760

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Components of the work

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

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.14-1948
Primary reference Number: 150750
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Audit data

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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