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Bracelet with portrait miniature: MAR.M.292-1912

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Bracelet with portrait miniature


Maker: Unknown
Painter: Wright, John (c. 1745-1820) (Uncertain)




Gold, diamonds and portrait miniature. Hinged bracelet with flange and socket fastening. Repoussé decoration of wavy line with vertical foliate panels with stylised rose at the centre. At the centre of the bracelet, with scrolled frame set with four faceted diamonds in 'cut-down' setting, a miniature portrait of Mrs Marlay on ivory, perhaps by John Wright (c. 1760-1820). On the back of the centre panel is inscribed: AN OFFERING OF GRATITUDE FOR UNPRECEDENTED KINDNESS surrounding a plinth with a wreath and a fire on top.


History note: Catherine Louisa Augusta Marlay was the daughter of James Tisdall, Esq. of Bawn, Co. Louth, Ireland and of his wife Catherine Maria, afterwards Countess of Charville. She married Lt. Col. George Marlay of Belvedere, Co. Westmeath and of Bawn, Co. Louth. She was the mother of C.B. Marlay, the testator.

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 54.0 mm
Width: 78.0 mm

Relative size of this object

7.8 m5.4 m What does this represent?

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


19th century
George IV
Production date: circa AD 1827

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Part composed of diamond gold
Miniature composed of ivory
Portrait Length 39.0 mm
Portrait (oval) Width 33.0 mm

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: AN OFFERING OF GRATITUDE FOR UNPRECEDENTED KINDNESS surrounding a plinth with a wreath and a fire on top.

  • Location: Back of the centre panel
  • Type: Inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.M.292-1912
Primary reference Number: 45841
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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