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Snuff box or Bonbonnière in the shape of a Woman's Head: EC.23-1938

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Snuff box or Bonbonnière in the shape of a Woman's Head


Factory: Unknown
Mount maker: Unknown




Hard-paste porcelain painted in enamels with gilt-metal mounts and cover engraved with foliage and a stylized floral spray

Hard-paste porcelain, moulded, painted overglaze in flesh-pink, pale mauve, a little red and blue, grey and black enamels, and mounted in gilt-metal with engraved decoration. The box is in the form of the front of the head of a masked lady wearing her grey hair (or wig) in rows of curles at the sides with a curled over peak in the centre bedecked with pale mauve and blue ribbons. Her cheeks and chin are flesh pin, and her mouth pale red. The gilt-metal mount is decorated with engraved foliage, and the hinged cover with a stylized floral spray within a border of scollops with feather edging. On the mount above the hinge there is a suspension loop.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Cecil E. Byas Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.1 cm
Width: 5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1938) by Byas, Cecil E.


19th century
1830 - 1900


Possibly French, certainly Continental Europe.

Components of the work

Cover composed of copper alloy ( probably) gold
Mount composed of copper alloy ( probably) gold
Front composed of hard-paste porcelain

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.23-1938
Primary reference Number: 76913
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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