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Box: M.112 & A-1973

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Laurent, François Nicholas (Miniaturist)
Unknown (Box maker)


Tortoise-shell with miniature of a glass vase of flowers on a marble slab

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour and watercolour on card, varnished and mounted under glass in gilt metal. The circular box has straight sides with a flat pull-off lid. Round the edge of the lid and base of the box are mounts of gilt metal decorated with scroll borders. Round the join are rim mounts in bead- edged gilt metal. The circular miniature depicts a glass vase of flowers including roses, delphiniums and auriculas, on 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.


Late 18th-early 19th century
Circa 1795 - Before 1828

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Components of the work

Miniature composed of bodycolour card Box composed of tortoise shell Mount composed of metal gold Cover composed of glass Box And Lid Diameter 7.7 cm Height 3.0 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: F N Laurent
  • Location: On the base of the plinth
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature
  • Text: 154
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.112 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2747
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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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