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Etui: MAR.M.287 & A-G-1912

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Enamel on copper with gilt metal mounts; oval in section with tapering sides, decorated in colours with four pastoral vignettes on a pink ground

Enamel on copper with gilt metal mounts; oval in section with tapering sides, hinged lid and sprung button catch. The etui enamelled in colours with four pastoral vignettes within raised gilt scrolling cartouches on a dark pink ground decorated with white diaper-work, dots and sprigs of flowers. The top and bottom of the lid and base with chased gilt metal mounts. The vignette on one side of the base depicts a shepherdess with her sheep in front of an obelisk in a rural landscape; depicted on the other side of the base is a shepherd with his sheep in front of Classical ruins; and on either side of the lid are depicted a shepherd and his sheep in a rural landscape. The interior has a gilt metal top with spaces for seven implements. It contains a pair of steel and brass scissors (A), a brass bodkin (B), a brass spoon (C), a brass pencil holder (D), a pair of ivory memorandum leaves hinged with a gilt button (E) and a small ivory ear pick with hinged tortoiseshell toothpick(F) in a quill case(G). One implement is missing.


History note: Uncertain before testator

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.4 cm
Length: 9.4 cm
Width: 4.0 cm

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

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


3rd quarter 18th Century
Circa 1760 CE - 1770 CE

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Components of the work

Mount composed of metal
Decoration composed of enamel
Etui composed of copper
Surface Of Mount composed of gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.287 & A-G-1912
Primary reference Number: 156360
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Friday 11 November 2022

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

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