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Snuff box: RTR.M.5

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Goldsmith: Unknown

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Description

Gold and enamel; rectangular cushion-shaped with central gold plaque depicting Neptune on an engine turned ground with dark blue enamelled borders

Gold, enamel and glass, rectangular cushion-shaped box with convex oval ends. The box is decorated with engine-turned engraving with, at either end, a band of scrolling foliage and dark blue enamelled flowers. The lid has a recessed hinge and a projecting thumbpiece, which is engraved with foliage and a blue enamelled flower and two leaves. In the centre of the lid, set under glass and surrounded by a blue enamelled border, is a gold plaque depicting Neptune carrying a trident and standing in his shell-shaped carriage which is pulled by two hippocamps.

Notes

History note: Unknown

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Donor and date of accession unknown

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.0 cm
Length: 8.5 cm
Width: 5.1 cm

Dating

18th Century, Late-19th Century#
Production date: after AD 1790

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel
Cover composed of glass

Materials used in production

Gold

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: 'M' over 'B &' over 'M', or possibly 'Y' in a lozenge-shaped cartouche

  • Location: On the inside of the lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark
  • Text: G
  • Location: On the inside of the lid and base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Town mark
  • Text: Louix XVI gold / cushion shaped / box - circa 1780
  • Location: Loose inside the box
  • Method of creation: Written in black ink and previously glued inside the box
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: RTR.M.5
Primary reference Number: 156373
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 August 2015 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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