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Tortoise-shell box with a miniature of a vase of mixed flowers on a ledge: M.69-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Tortoise-shell box with a miniature of a vase of mixed flowers on a ledge


Miniaturist: Redouté, Pierre Joseph
Box maker: Unknown




Tortoise-shell with miniature of flowers in a stone vase on a marble ledge

Tortoise-shell and gold with a miniature in watercolour and bodycolour on card, mounted in gilt metal and set under glass. The circular box has slightly concave sides and hinged lid. The interior sides of the box, bezel, rim mounts, hinge and arched thumbpiece are of gold. The circular miniature depicts a pale stone vase of flowers, including heartsease, anemones, blue aster, marigolds, campanula, auricula and centifolia roses, 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.


19th Century, Early-Mid#
Charles X or Louis-Philippe I
1827 CE - 1840 CE


Pierre Joseph Redouté was Flemish but worked in Paris

School or Style

French box with Flemish painting

Components of the work

Miniature composed of watercolour bodycolour card
Box composed of tortoise shell
Miniature Mount composed of metal
Box Mount composed of gold
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Whole Box Diameter 8.5 cm Height 2.8 cm

Techniques used in production

Watercolour : The tortoise-shell was carved, heated and moulded to form the parts of the box which were glued together; the miniature was painted in watercolour and bodycolour on vellum, which was set under glass in a mount of gilded metal

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: P.J. Redouté
  • Location: On the side of the marble slab
  • Method of creation: Ink
  • Type: Signature

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.69-1973
Primary reference Number: 2902
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Paintings, Drawings and Prints

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