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Box: M.146 & A-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Brunet-Debaines, Alfred Louis
Box maker: Unknown




Shagreen, wood, gilt metal and tortoise-shell; with miniature of two cherubs and an urn of flowers

Green shagreen over wood with gilt metal mounts and a tortoise-shell lining, set with a miniature in bodycolour under glass. The circular box has straight sides and a flat pull-off lid. The miniature depicts two cherubs, one standing either side of a carved stone urn of flowers. The cherub on the left is collecting fallen flowers, whilst the one on the right is holding a swag of flowers. Beneath them is a gold heart shot through with an arrow, resting on a double scroll, under which is inscribed "Boux Souvenir"; all on a sky blue ground.


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.


19th Century
1800 - 1900

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Components of the work

Miniature composed of bodycolour card
Box composed of wood
Lining composed of tortoise shell
Mount composed of metal
Surface Of Box composed of shagreen
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Diameter 5.4 cm Height 2.9 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Boux Souvenir
  • Location: At the base of the miniature
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: A Brunet
  • Location: Between the top of the heart and the cherub on the right
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 140
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.146 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2331
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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