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Box: M.108 & A-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Dael, Jan Frans van
Box maker: Unknown




Red lacquered metal, with miniature of posy of flowers on a grey ground, lined with tortoise-shell

Red lacquered metal, lined with tortoise-shell, set with a miniature in bodycolour on card, mounted under glass. The circular box has straight sides and a flat pull-off lid. The sides and base are guilloché enamelled in scarlet, and are mounted at the top, base and rims with reeded gilt metal borders. The circular miniature depicts a posy of flowers including roses, tulips, delphiniums and auriculas, on a grey ground.

Legal notes

Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973-04-06) by Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Mid#
Circa 1784 - Before 1840


Jan Frans van Dael was Flemish but worked in Paris

School or Style

French box with Flemish painting

Components of the work

Miniature composed of card paint
Lining composed of tortoise shell
Box composed of metal
Mount composed of metal
Decoration composed of enamel
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Diameter 6.2 cm Height 3.0 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: VD
  • Location: Lower right, beneath the rose leaves
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Initials

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.108 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 1292
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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