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Box: M.146 & A-1973

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Brunet-Debaines, Alfred Louis (Miniaturist)
Unknown (Box maker)


Shagreen, wood, gilt metal and tortoise-shell; with miniature of two cherubs and an urn of flowers

Green shagreen over wood with gilt metal mounts and a tortoise-shell lining, set with a miniature in bodycolour under glass. The circular box has straight sides and a flat pull-off lid. The miniature depicts two cherubs, one standing either side of a carved stone urn of flowers. The cherub on the left is collecting fallen flowers, whilst the one on the right is holding a swag of flowers. Beneath them is a gold heart shot through with an arrow, resting on a double scroll, under which is inscribed "Boux Souvenir"; all on a sky blue ground.


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.


19th century
1800 - 1900 1900

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Components of the work

Miniature: composed of bodycolour card Box: composed of wood Lining: composed of tortoise shell Mount: composed of metal Surface Of Box: composed of shagreen Surface Of Mount: composed of gold Cover: composed of glass Box And Lid: Diameter 5.4 cm Height 2.9 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Boux Souvenir
  • Location: At the base of the miniature
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Inscription
  • Text: A Brunet
  • Location: Between the top of the heart and the cherub on the right
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Signature
  • Text: 140
  • Location: Inside the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.146 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2331
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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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