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Box: M.96-1973

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Pol, Christiaen van
Miniaturist: Humphry, Ozias
Box maker: Unknown




Tortoise-shell with two miniatures; on the lid a vase of flowers and bird's nest, and inside the lid a portrait of a gentleman

Tortoise-shell set with two miniatures in bodycolour and watercolour on card under glass with gold or gilt metal mounts. The circular box has straight sides and an almost flat lid with gilt metal hinge and beaded rim mounts. The circular miniature in the lid (by Christiaen van Pol) depicts a carved tarracotta vase of flowers, including roses, tulips and delpiniums, next to a bird's nest with two eggs, on a marble slab. The oval portrait miniature inside the lid (by Humphrey Ozias) depicts a gentleman (facing left) with grey or powdered hair, in a black coat and white stock.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Circa 1772 - Before 1810


Christiaen van Pol was Dutch but worked in Paris

Humphrey Ozias was English

School or Style

French box with Dutch painting on lid
French box with English painting inside lid

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Miniature composed of watercolour bodycolour card
Box composed of tortoise shell
Mount composed of metal gold
Hinge composed of metal
Surface Of Hinge composed of gold
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Height 3.5 cm Length 8.5 cm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: C. Pol

  • Location: Beneath the rim mount?
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 101
  • Location: Inside the base
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.96-1973
Primary reference Number: 1764
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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