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Box: M.102 & A-1973

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


Tortoise-shell with miniature of a vase of flowers, a bird and nest of eggs on a marble slab

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour and watercolour painted on card, set under glass with a gold or gilt metal mount. The circular box has straight sides with gold rim mounts and a flat pull-off lid. The circular miniature is recessed under the glass and held by a chased two-coloured gold or gilt metal mount. The miniature depicts a carved stone vase of flowers including roses, poppies, delphiniums and auriculas, on the right is a small chaffinch, on the left is a nest of five eggs, all on a marble slab.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1973-04-06) 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

Mount: composed of gold ( possibly) metal Miniature: composed of watercolour bodycolour card Box: composed of tortoise shell Surface Of Mount: composed of gold Cover: composed of glass Box And Lid: Diameter 8.3 cm Height 2.4 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: G. Van Spaendonck
  • Location: On the edge of the marble slab
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Signature

Inscription present: not legible

  • Location: On the lower rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Maker's mark

Inscription present: not legible

  • Location: On the lower rim mount
  • Method of creation: Struck
  • Guarantee mark

Inscription present: 119

  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Paper label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.102 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2016
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Audit data

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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