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Snuff box: M.80-1961

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

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'.

Notes

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

Relative size of this object

7 cm1.4 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.

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Early 18th Century
1700 CE - 1740 CE

Note

The silver does not bear a maker's mark

School or Style

French

Components of the work

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

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: ILS SONT UNIS MALGRE L'ENVI
  • 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: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

Citation for print

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The Fitzwilliam Museum (2022) "Snuff box" Web page available at: https://collection.beta.fitz.ms/id/object/150688 Accessed: 2022-08-09 00:11:32

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