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Snuff box: M.90-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Roberts, Thomas (silversmith) (Silversmith)
Unknown (Artist)


Oval, silver box, parcel-gilt, the lid set with a glass medallion painted in reverse in oil with a portrait of Queen Anne

Silver, parcel-gilt, the lid set with a glass medallion painted in reverse in oil. Oval with straight silver sides with projecting moulded edges and a projecting hinge. Inset into the flat lid is an oval verre églomisé portrait of Queen Anne, painted in black, red and gold, within a Baroque gold and black border containing the initials 'A' and 'R'. The interior of the box is gilt.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.5 cm
Length: 7.9 cm
Width: 5.5 cm

Relative size of this object

7.9 cm1.5 cm What does this represent?

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Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960-12-13) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


Early 18th Century
Circa 1703 - 1707


Thomas Roberts first mark was recorded on 20 November 1703. There is no record of his apprenticeship or freedom.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Portrait composed of oil paint gold glass Interior composed of gold Box composed of silver

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: AR
  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Initials

Inscription present: "RO" beneath a crown

  • Location: On the inside of the lid
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: a leopard's head erased

  • Location: On the inside of the lid
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Type: Standard mark
  • Text: M/20 E/W 8/- V/5/-
  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Scratch engraved
  • Type: Retailer's inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.90-1961
Primary reference Number: 150677
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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

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