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Box: M.88 & A-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Picot, François Eduard
Box maker: Unknown




Tortoise shell with gilt metal mounts studded with four circles of paste diamonds, the lid set with a miniature of flowers by a chaffinch on a carved urn

Tortoise shell set with a miniature in watercolour and bodycolour, probably on card, mounted under glass in gilt metal studded with paste diamonds. The circular box has straight sides and a flat pull-off lid. Round the edge and side of the lid and base are gilt metal mounts in two colours of gold. The outer red gold border is set with a row of paste diamonds; the inner yellow gold border is stamped with a pattern of stylised leaves. The circular miniature depicts flowers, including roses, poppies and narcissi, next to a chaffinch on a carved two handled Classical urn, all on a marble slab.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton Bequest

Place(s) associated

  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973-04-06) by Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.


First half of the 19th century
1806 - 1850

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Components of the work

Miniature composed of watercolour bodycolour card
Decoration composed of paste
Box composed of tortoise shell
Mount composed of metal
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Diameter 8.2 cm Height 2.6 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: E Pic...
  • Location: On the right of the plinth
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.88 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2841
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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