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Box: M.111 & A-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Spaendonck, Cornelis van
Box maker: Unknown




Horn with miniature of flowers in a stone vase

Horn set with a miniature in bodycolour on card, mounted under glass in gold. The circular box has straight sides and a flat pull-off lid. Round the edge of the lid and base of the box are mounts of yellow gold ropework overlaying red gold. Round the join are rim mounts in reeded yellow gold. The circular miniature depicts a stone vase of flowers, including roses, delphiniums, narcissi, and morning glory, on the corner of 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.


18th Century, Late
Production date: AD 1795


Gerard van Spaendonck was Dutch but worked in Paris

School or Style

French box with Dutch painting

Components of the work

Miniature composed of bodycolour card
Box composed of horn
Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Diameter 7.0 cm Height 2.8 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G. van Spaendonck / 1795
  • Location: On the back of the miniature
  • Method of creation: Written in brown ink or paint
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: G.S. 1795
  • Location: On the right edge of the marble slab
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Initials and date
  • Text: 153
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.111 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2000
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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