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Box: M.123 & A-1973

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de Mailly, R. (Miniaturist)
Unknown (Box maker)


Tortoise-shell with an oval miniature of a parrot, fruit, flowers in a mauve vase and a bottle

Tortoise-shell set with an enamelled miniature in a gilt metal mount. The circular box has slightly concave sides and a slightly domed pull-off lid. The box is lined in silver gilt and has silver-gilt rim mounts. The oval miniature depicts a green parrot in front of two peaches and a bunch of white grapes on a white napkin, with a mauve vase of roses and narcissi, a basket of fruit and a bottle in the background, all on a marble slab.


History note: From the collection of M. Fancigny Lucinge

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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.


Third quarter of 18th century
Circa 1753 - Before 1777

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Components of the work

Box composed of tortoise shell Mount composed of metal Miniature composed of enamel copper Surface Of Lining composed of gold Surface Of Mount composed of gold Lining composed of silver Box And Lid Diameter 7.4 cm Height 2.4 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 209
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.123 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2768
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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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