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Snuffbox: M.7 & A-1951

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Goldsmith: DH
Painter: Boucher, François (After)




Gold and enamel; rectangular with plaques of grisaille putti on a green ground

Gold and enamel; rectangular, deep-sided box of two-colour gold, the lid having a bezel which fits inside the lower part of the box, the base is recessed to protect the enamelled plaque. The box and lid are of red gold with yellow gold borders chased with flowerlets and leaves on a matted ground. On each face of the box, within the borders, is a panel painted in an opaque enamel en plein with playing cherubs en grisaille against a dark green background. With fitted rectangular red leather case (A) with hinged lid and two hook fasteners at the front.


History note: Not known before donor

Legal notes

Given by Mrs May Cippico in accordance with the wishes of Mrs Constance Goetze

Place(s) associated

  • Vienna ⪼ Austria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1951) by Cippico, May, Mrs


18th Century, Late
Production date: circa AD 1792


The sources of the miniatures are engravings by Tessard and Huguier after François Boucher

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Miniature composed of enamel
Whole Box Height 3.5 cm Length 9.5 cm Width 3.2 cm

Materials used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: DH crowned

  • Location: Inside the lid and in the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: a shield containing a symbol with a matted bar above and below

  • Location: Inside the lid and in the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Standard mark
  • Text: 1792
  • Location: Inside the lid and in the base
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Date mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.7 & A-1951
Primary reference Number: 77340
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 21 September 2012 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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