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Box: M.85 & A-1973

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Spaendonck, Cornelis van
Box maker: Unknown




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

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 flat pull-off lid with gold rim mounts. The circular miniature depicts a tipped wicker basket of flowers, including roses, delphiniums, tulips and auriculas, next to a carved two-handled urn, three peaches and bunch of black grapes, all on a marble slab.

Legal notes

Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973-12) by Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Mid#
Circa 1776 - Before 1839


Cornelis van Spaendonck 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
Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Diameter 10.0 cm Height 2.8 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Cornillis van Spaendonck
  • Location: On the edge of the plinth
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: possibly 'AL' in a lozenge shaped cartouche with a fleur-de-lis above

  • Location: On the upper and lower edge of the gold rim mounts
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: possibly an animal's head

  • Location: On the upper and lower edge of the gold rim mounts
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Discharge mark
  • Text: 78
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.85 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 1997
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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