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Box: M.72 & A-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Spaendonck, Gerard van
Box maker: Unknown




Tortoise-shell with miniature of flowers in a wicker basket and blue vase next to a bird's nest

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour on card, mounted under glass in gold. The circular box has straight sides and a slightly domed pull-off lid; the interior is lined with gold and has gold rim mounts. The circular miniature depicts a gilt mounted blue vase and a wicker basket of flowers, including roses, poppies, lilac, iris, scabious and narcissi, next to a bird's nest, on the corner of a marble table.

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.


Late 18th-early 19th century
Circa 1766 - Before 1822


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 tortoise shell
Box Lining composed of gold
Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Diameter 8.8 cm Height 2.6 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G. Va Spaendonck
  • Location: On the edge of the table
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: an urn over a heart over A?

  • Location: In the base, on the gold lining
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: illegible

  • Location: One in the lid and two in the base, on the gold lining
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Hallmark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.72 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2010
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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