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Box: M.124 & A-1973

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: Dael, Jan Frans van
Box maker: Unknown




Tortoise-shell with a small octagonal miniature of a posy of flowers on a grey ground

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour and watercolour on card, mounted under glass in gold. The circular box has straight sides and a flat pull-off lid. Round the edge of the lid and base of the box are gold wide reeded mounts. Round the join are gold rim mounts. The tall octagonal miniature depicts a posy of flowers including roses, delphiniums, narcissi, and morning glory on a grey ground. The interior is inscribed "Given to my Gd.Mother / by S.W. 1788. / left by her to E.W. March 7th / 1807".


History note: Not known before testator

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

Box And Lid Diameter 7.4 cm Height 2.4 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Given to my Gd.Mother / by S.W. 1788. / left by her to E.W. March 7th / 1807
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: 210
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Inscription present: a cipher of two letters, probably 'L's

  • Location: On the lower rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Charge mark

Inscription present: a dolphin or stylised fish

  • Location: On the lower rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Discharge mark

Inscription present: a crown above conjoined letters?

  • Location: On the lower rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark?

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.124 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 1298
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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