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Current Location: In storage


Goldsmith: Unknown




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.


History note: Unknown

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Measurements and weight

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


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


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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