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Snuff box: RTR.M.15

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Rectangular, tortoise shell box with silver-gilt mounts inlaid with gold piqué work wolf, hound and birds

Tortoise shell with silver-gilt mounts and engraved gold piqué and piqué point work. Rectangular with straight sides and moulded projecting edges. The flat lid has a silver-gilt rim mount and two hinges. The top is decorated with a vignette of a wolf carrying a bone, a spotted hound, two birds and two insects with flowering trees in the background, surrounded by piqué point plants and scrolls. The base is similarly decorated with a smaller vignette of a hound chasing a bird and butterfly. The interior edge of the lid is set with a gilt metal border.


Early 18th Century
1700 CE - 1720 CE

Components of the work

Box composed of tortoise shell
Inlay composed of gold
Surface Of Mount composed of gold
Mount And Hinges composed of silver
Box And Lid Height 1.5 cm Length 7.6 cm Width 5.6 cm
Gold Piqué

Identification numbers

Accession number: RTR.M.15
Primary reference Number: 156400
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 October 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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