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Snuff box: M.80-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Rectangular, tortoise shell box; the lid with silver mount and thread piqué work vignette and motto 'ILS SONT UNIS MALGRE L'ENVI'

Tortoise shell with silver mount and inlaid thread piqué work. Rectangular with straight sides. The almost flat lid has a rim mount, moulded border and a projecting hinge. The top is decorated with a vignette of a snake held between two burning hearts flying above a house, fence and tree, above which is the motto 'ILS SONT UNIS MALGRE L'ENVI'.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest, 1960

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.4 cm
Length: 7.0 cm
Width: 5.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th Century, Early#
1700 CE - 1740 CE


The silver does not bear a maker's mark

School or Style


Components of the work

Box composed of tortoise shell
Inlay composed of silver
Mounts composed of silver
Silver Piqué

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On the lid
  • Method of creation: Piqué work
  • Type: Motto

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.80-1961
Primary reference Number: 150688
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 6 January 2014 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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