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Box: M.102 & A-1973

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Maker(s)

Spaendonck, Gerard van (Miniaturist)
Unknown (Box maker)

Description

Tortoise-shell with miniature of a vase of flowers, a bird and nest of eggs on a marble slab

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour and watercolour painted on card, set under glass with a gold or gilt metal mount. The circular box has straight sides with gold rim mounts and a flat pull-off lid. The circular miniature is recessed under the glass and held by a chased two-coloured gold or gilt metal mount. The miniature depicts a carved stone vase of flowers including roses, poppies, delphiniums and auriculas, on the right is a small chaffinch, on the left is a nest of five eggs, all on a marble slab.

Notes

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.

Dating

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

Note

Gerard van Spaendonck was Dutch but worked in Paris

School or Style

French box with Dutch painting

Components of the work

Mount composed of gold ( possibly) metal Miniature composed of watercolour bodycolour card Box composed of tortoise shell Surface Of Mount composed of gold Cover composed of glass Box And Lid Diameter 8.3 cm Height 2.4 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G. Van Spaendonck
  • Location: On the edge of the marble slab
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: not legible

  • Location: On the lower rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: not legible

  • Location: On the lower rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Guarantee mark

Inscription present: 119

  • 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.102 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2016
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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