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Cane handle: M.101-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Baluster-shaped, enamelled handle for a walking cane, set with a snuff box, and painted with three polychrome miniatures on a pale blue ground

Copper, enamelled in polychrome, with gilt metal mounts. Baluster-shaped handle for a walking cane set with a hemi-spherical gilt metal snuff box with a hinged lid. On two sides and the lid are painted miniatures within rococo raised gilt borders. The pale blue ground decorated with white diaper-work and geometric patterns of gold and white dots. The rim of the lid and box have gilt metal mounts and thumbpiece. The miniature on the lid depicts a Classical ruin in a pastoral scene; the miniature on the front depicts a man and cow in a rural landscape with a church tower and cottage in the background, and the miniature on the back depicts a spray of flowers on a white ground.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 4.5 cm
Height: 5.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Bilston ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid
Circa 1750 CE - 1775 CE

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel gold
Miniature composed of enamel
Box composed of copper
Handle composed of copper
Surface Of Mount composed of gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.101-1961
Primary reference Number: 156363
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 6 March 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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