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Snuff box: PER.M.357 & A-1923

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Maker(s)

Lambalet, Samuel (Maker)

Description

Oval, horn box pressed with a vignette of men drinking in a garden

Horn, carved and pressed. Oval with straight sides. The top of the pull-off lid depicting four men drinking in a garden; a maid carries a large jug to their table on which stands a punch bowl and pipes. The initials 'SL' are pressed beneath the foot of the seated drinker.

Notes

History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.0 cm
Length: 10.0 cm
Width: 8.0 cm

Relative size of this object

10 cm3 cm What does this represent?

Relative size of this object is displayed using code inspired by Good Form and Spectacle's work on the British Museum's Waddeson Bequest website and their dimension drawer. They chose a tennis ball to represent a universally sized object, from which you could envisage the size of an object.

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922) by Perceval, Spencer George

Dating

Late 17th or early 18th century
Circa 1683 - Before 1727 1727

School or Style

English

People, subjects and objects depicted

Materials used in production

Horn

Techniques used in production

Carving : The base, sides and lid were carved from horn. The pieces were then heated and pressed to form flat sheets, moulding or pressed patterns before being glued to form a box, which was then stained, possibly to resemble bronze.
Staining Pressing Heating

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: SL
  • Location: On the lid, bottom centre
  • Method of creation: Pressed
  • Maker's mark

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.357 & A-1923
Primary reference Number: 150650
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2020) "Snuff box" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/150650 Accessed: 2021-10-19 08:58:08

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