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Box: M.72 & A-1973

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Spaendonck, Gerard van (Miniaturist)
Unknown (Box maker)


Tortoise-shell with miniature of flowers in a wicker basket and blue vase next to a bird's nest

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour on card, mounted under glass in gold. The circular box has straight sides and a slightly domed pull-off lid; the interior is lined with gold and has gold rim mounts. The circular miniature depicts a gilt mounted blue vase and a wicker basket of flowers, including roses, poppies, lilac, iris, scabious and narcissi, next to a bird's nest, on the corner of a marble table.

Legal notes

Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973-12) by Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.


Late 18th-early 19th century
Circa 1766 - Before 1822 1822


Gerard van Spaendonck was Dutch but worked in Paris

School or Style

French box with Dutch painting

Components of the work

Miniature: composed of bodycolour card Box: composed of tortoise shell Box Lining: composed of gold Mount: composed of gold Cover: composed of glass Box And Lid: Diameter 8.8 cm Height 2.6 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G. Va Spaendonck
  • Location: On the edge of the table
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Signature

Inscription present: an urn over a heart over A?

  • Location: In the base, on the gold lining
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Maker's mark

Inscription present: illegible

  • Location: One in the lid and two in the base, on the gold lining
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Hallmark

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.72 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2010
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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