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Snuff box: MAR.M.286-1912

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Maker: Unknown

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Description

Enamel on copper with gilt metal mounts; rectangular; painted with pastoral views of courting couples

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 is a 'scene galante' with three pairs of lovers and a begging dog in a wood; inside the lid are two women listening to a shepherd playing the bagpipes; on each side are a pair of lovers, and on the base are a mother and two children. The gilt metal mount round the lid is reeded and has a scrolled thumbpiece. The lower mount has small scrolls extending down each corner of the box. Inside the box both mounts have fluted edges.

Notes

History note: Uncertain before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.6 cm
Length: 6.7 cm
Width: 5.5 cm

Relative size of this object

6.7 cm3.6 cm What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley

Dating

3rd quarter 18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 - 1760

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Components of the work

Surface composed of enamel
Box composed of copper

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.286-1912
Primary reference Number: 156359
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 18 August 2015 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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