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Desk seal: M.85-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Desk seal with lapis lazuli sealstone and carved coral column with gold terminal cast as Cupid

Lapis lazuli and carved coral with cast and chased gold terminal and mounts. Circular lapis lazuli sealstone, not engraved; the mount with moulded borders. Cylindrical coral handle carved with a frieze of Cupid holding an inverted torch in his right hand while leading a dog ridden by another cupid. Above is a flared mount with an applied border of fleurs-de-lis and rope edged border. The terminal in the form of Cupid holding a quiver behind his back and with his ankle chained to a tree stump.


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

From the Frank Smart Collection, given by T.J.G. Duncanson

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.5 cm
Length: 5.4 cm
Width: 1.5 cm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-14) by Duncanson, T. J. G.


19th/early 20th century
Circa 1800 CE - Circa 1910 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sealstone composed of lapis lazuli Diameter 1.4 cm
Handle composed of coral
Mount composed of gold
Terminal composed of gold
Coral Column Height 1 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.85-1930
Primary reference Number: 154290
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 10 December 2015 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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