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Box: M/P.2-1944

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Cooper, John Paul (Catch)
Maker: Colarossi, Lorenzo (Box)




Walnut covered in rough shagreen, mounted in silver with a silver clasp.

Walnut wood (?), covered with shagreen and mounted in silver. Rectangular with four silver bun feet, a button-operated fastener at centre front and a slightly convex lid attached to the lower part by two silver hinges. The sides and lid are divided into five panels by strips of silver with silver studs at regular intervals, and the edges are mounted in silver with rope edging. The button of the clasp is surrounded by a square silver plate embossed with a wreath of curling leaves and four studs, and has a scalloped outer edge with four large and four small studs.


History note: Rembrandt Gallery, Vigo Street, (Robert Dunthorne & Son Ltd.), London; purchased in October 1933 by Ernest Marsh, The Contemporary Art Society, Arts & Crafts Fund.

Legal notes

Given by Ernest Marsh

Measurements and weight

Height: 8.6 cm
Height: 3⅜ in
Length: 22 cm
Length: 8¾ in
Width: 10.2 cm
Width: 4 in

Place(s) associated

  • Westerham ⪼ Kent ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1944) by Marsh, Ernest


20th Century, second quarter#
George V
Production date: circa AD 1932 : This casket is mentioned in J.P. Cooper's Sketch Book II, p. 23, no. 23, February, 1932 as "Big Oblong rough skin", costing about £9.12.0.


According to n J.P. Cooper's Costing Book IV, no. 1000 Colarossi spent 50 hours making the box, and the catch was made by Cooper himself

School or Style

Arts and Crafts (movement)

Components of the work

Covering composed of shagreen
Box composed of walnut
Mounts composed of silver

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Fitzwilliam Museum / Cambridge / Presented by / Ernest Marsh Esq 1944 / Silver & Shagreen Casket / made by Paul Cooper. / No. 2. / M.2-1944
  • Location: Paper glued to the inside floor of the box
  • Method of creation: Printed and hand written in blackink
  • Type: Museum label
  • Text: J Paul Cooper
  • Location: On narrow silver plaque on the inner back edge
  • Method of creation: Engraving
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.2-1944
Primary reference Number: 81860
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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