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Unknown Man: M.77 & A-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Unknown Man
Louis XVI of France


Miniaturist: Rouquet, Jean André (Possibly)
Box maker: Unknown




Red laquer box lined with tortoise shell and set with a miniature of a young man

Red lacquer, lined with tortoise shell, mounted in gold and set with a portrait miniature painted in enamel on copper. The circular box has straight sides and a flat pull-off lid. The top of the lid is set with an oval miniature of a young man with powdered hair wearing a straw hat with a posy of flowers at the front. He has a pink waistcoat and a white jacket edged with pink, and his hair is tied with a pink bow. Round the miniature and the edge of the lid and base are openwork mounts chased or stamped with flowerheads and pierced leaves. The rim at the join of the lid and base are mounted in gold and the deep bezel has a wavy edge.

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1961-04-27) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


18th Century, Mid
Louis XV
After 1740 CE - Before 1758 CE 1763 CE - 1764 CE


Jean André Rouquet (1701-1758) was a French Huguenot who worked in Switzerland and England before returning to work in Paris. He died before the box was made, so the miniature was not painted specifically for this box.

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Components of the work

Box composed of lacquer Diameter 6.3 cm Height 3.3 cm
Box Lining composed of tortoise shell
Miniature composed of enamel copper Height 4.2 cm Width 3.5 cm
Box Mounts composed of gold

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: illegible

  • Location: On the bezel
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: Z crowned

  • Location: On the bezel
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Warden's mark

Inscription present: crossed sprigs of laurel

  • Location: On the bezel
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Charge mark

Inscription present: the head of a hound

  • Location: On the bezel
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Discharge mark
  • Text: Le Roi Loui XVI habiller / à la Watteau
  • Location: In the base of the box
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.77 & A-1961
Primary reference Number: 18247
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 March 2017 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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