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Box: M.122 & A-1973

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Pol, Christiaen van
Box maker: Unknown




Tortoise-shell with miniature of an urn of flowers and a nest on a slab in a Classical landscape

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour and watercolour on card, mounted under glass in gold. The circular box has straight sides and a flat pull-off lid. The box is lined in gold and has gold mounts round the rims. The circular miniature depicts a carved stone urn of flowers, including roses, tulips, delphiniums, auriculas, and poppies, next to a bird's nest of three eggs, on a marble slab, in front of a Classical landscape with temple to the right.


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.


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
Circa 1772 - Before 1813


Christiaen van Pol was Dutch but worked in Paris

School or Style

French box with Dutch painting

Components of the work

Miniature composed of watercolour bodycolour card
Box composed of tortoise shell
Lining composed of gold
Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Diameter 8.2 cm Height 2.7 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: V. Pol
  • Location: On the right edge of the plinth
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 208
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.122 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 1769
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

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

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