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Desk seal: M.89-1930

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Unknown (Maker)


Desk seal with carnelian sealstone and boxwood handle carved as the bust of a young man wearing a hat

Carved carnelian and boxwood with chased gold mount. Rounded rectangular carnelian sealstone with an intaglio coat-of-arms. Boxwood handle carved in the round with the bust of a young man wearing a hat on the back of his head, his long hair bunched over his right shoulder. The deep rectangular mount has sloping sides with leaf capped reeded borders and four panels of diaperwork.


History note: Frank Gray Smart

Legal notes

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

Measurements and weight

Height: 7.4 cm
Width: 3.1 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.


Late 18th-early 19th century
1780 CE - 1850 CE

People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Sealstone composed of carnelian Length 1.6 cm Width 1.1 cm
Handle composed of boxwood Mount composed of gold

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.89-1930
Primary reference Number: 154810
Old object number: M.2-1930
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 August 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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