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Snuff box: RTR.M.4

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Current Location: In storage


Box maker: Unknown




Gilt metal lined with tortoise shell; rectangular with concave sides, the lid embossed with two cherubs in a rococo cartouche

Gilt metal lined with tortoise shell; rectangular with concave sides, slightly convex lid and projecting shaped thumbpiece. The lid is embossed and chased in high relief with an irregular rococo cartouche containing two cherubs in a landscape. The cherub on the right holds a basket of hearts and sits next to a vase of flowers; the cherub on the left wears a cloak, and behind him are two swans. The four sides are embossed and chased with floral sprays alternating with masks and flanked by scrolls. On the base, within a rectangular rococo cartouche, the initials 'AW' in script over the date '1761' are engraved. The sides and base of the interior are lined with panels of tortoise shell.

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.8 cm
Length: 7.1 cm
Width: 5.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Mid 18th Century
George III
Production date: circa AD 1761

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Components of the work

Interior composed of tortoise shell
Box composed of metal
Surface Of Box composed of gold

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Identification numbers

Accession number: RTR.M.4
Primary reference Number: 156372
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 October 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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