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Ring: M.138-1973

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Spaendonck, Gerard van
Jeweller: Unknown (Probably)




Gold ring set with a miniature of roses, hyacinths and auriculas next to a bird's nest

Gold with a miniature painted in polychrome bodycolour, set under glass. The bezel encloses an elongated octagonal painting of a glass vase of flowers, including pink and white roses, blue hyacinths and deep purple auriculas, next to a bird's nest containing four or five blue eggs, on a marble slab


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Given by Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton

Measurements and weight

Height: 2.3 cm
Length: 3.8 cm
Width: 2.0 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973-04-06) by Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.


Late 18th or early 19th century
Circa 1766 - Before 1822


Gerard van Spaendonck was Dutch but worked in Paris

School or Style

probably a French ring with a Dutch painting

Components of the work

Painting composed of bodycolour
Ring composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: half of a circular white paper label

  • Text: 52.
  • Location: Stuck on back of bezel
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in blue-black ink
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.138-1973
Primary reference Number: 156466
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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