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Box: M.60 & A-1973

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Unknown (Box maker)
Dael, Jan Frans van (Miniaturist)


Tortoise-shell with miniature of flowers in a wicker basket and a stone urn

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in watercolour and bodycolour on card, mounted under glass in gold. The circular box has slightly concave sides and a slightly domed pull-off lid with gold rim mounts. The circular miniature depicts a wicker basket of flowers, including roses, delphiniums, poppies and auriculas, next to a spray of nastutriums, four peaches and a bunch of black grapes, and behind which stands a carved urn, all on a marble slab.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Major, the Hon., H.R. Broughton Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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


Late 18th-mid 19th century
Circa 1784 CE - Before 1840 CE


Jan Frans van Dael was Flemish but worked in Paris

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Components of the work

Miniature composed of watercolour bodycolour card Box composed of tortoise shell Mount composed of gold Cover composed of glass Box And Lid Diameter 8.0 cm Height 2.0 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Van Dael
  • Location: On the left of the marble slab
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 11
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.60 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 166722
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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