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Box: M.68-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Paigne, E. Mélanie
Box maker: Unknown




Maple wood lined with tortoise-shell, with miniature of wicker basket of roses (formerly fitted as a music box)

Maple wood and tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour on card, mounted under glass in gilt metal. The rectangular box has straight sides, a recessed hinge and a gilt metal thumbpiece. The interior is lined in tortoise-shell. The base once contained the fittings for a musical box. The octagonal miniature depicts a wicker basket of pink roses on a marble slab.

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.


19th Century
Circa 1837 - Before 1872

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Components of the work

Miniature composed of bodycolour card
Lining composed of tortoise shell
Mount composed of metal
Box composed of maple
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Height 2.8 cm Length 8.8 cm Width 6.1 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 34
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.68-1973
Primary reference Number: 2825
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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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