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Snuffbox in the shape of a resting Shepherd: EC.9-1943

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Current Location: Gallery 26 (Lower Marlay)


Snuffbox in the shape of a resting Shepherd


Factory: Saint-Cloud Porcelain Manufactory
Goldsmith: Unknown




Soft-paste porcelain with silver mounts, the top decorated with a figure of a shepherd and dog on a bank.

Creamy-white moulded and glazed soft-paste porcelain mounted in silver. Oval with a flat oval base decorated in low relief with a plant with three flowers growing out of a bank of ferns mounted in silver with a thumbpiece at the front, hinged at the back to the snuff container in the form of an oval mound with a three-dimensional shepherd reclining on the top, resting his head on his right hand, and in low relief in front of him, a crook, and a dog. Round the lower edges there are stylilized flowers on twigs.


History note: Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Hon. Keeper of Ceramics, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 6.3 cm
Length: 7.3 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Saint-Cloud ⪼ France
  • Paris ⪼ France

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1943) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, Mid
1738 - 1744


Saint-Cloud made boxes were made in a wide variety of shapes apart from the classic circular, oval, rectangular and bombé forms of gold or silver boxes. Some were moulded in the form of animals, or Oriental or European figures, and others in the form of a bank with a figure reclining on thetop, like this one. They were provided with silver mounts to ensure a close fit for the lid which formed the base. Where these bear the charge and/or discharge mark for the current sous-fermier, the marks provide a seven year date range for the completion of the box. Many bear the marks for 1732-8, 1738-44 or 1744-50, and may occasionally have other marks..

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Mounts composed of silver-gilt
Box composed of soft-paste porcelain

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: a fox's head
  • Location: On mount at right end of the mound
  • Method of creation: Stamped
  • Type: Discharge mark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: EC.9-1943
Primary reference Number: 82131
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 28 February 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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

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