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Card case: M.145 & A-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Franco, Joseph Napoleon
Maker: Unknown




Ebony, book-shaped, with miniature of a posy of flowers

Ebony set with a miniature in oil, probably on card, mounted under glass in gold; two rectangular sheets of ebony with velvet spine open like a book, which is lined with ivory silk and with two silk pockets for cards, and a long loop for holding a pencil. The front cover is inlaid with an engraved gold border; in the centre is set the oval miniature with gold mount. It depicts a posy of flowers, including roses and fuschia. The back is inlaid with a narrow gold rope border and central vacant cartouche with flower and scroll border. A gilt metal pencil is held in the silk loop.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.0 cm
Length: 9.5 cm
Width: 6.5 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
After 1840 - 1859

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Components of the work

Miniature composed of oil
Card-case composed of ebony
Mounts composed of gold

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.145 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 30242
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Audit data

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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