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Box: M.67 & A-1973

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Current Location: In storage


Miniaturist: De L'Espine, Maria
Box maker: Unknown




Tortoise-shell with miniature of flowers on a marble slab

Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour and watercolour on card, mounted under glass in gold. The circular box has straight sides with reeded gold rim mounts and a flat pull-off lid. The lid is lined with grey silk, and a grey stone is set into the base. The circular miniature depicts flowers, including roses, tulips, delphiniums, iris, poppies, narcissi and auriculas, on a marble slab. Inside the box is a gold plaque inscribed 'VESVUIANA PRODVCTIO'.

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.


18th Century, Late-19th Century, Early#
1760 CE - 1820 CE

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Components of the work

Miniature composed of watercolour bodycolour card
Lining Of Lid composed of silk
Box composed of tortoise shell
Base composed of stone
Mount composed of gold
Cover composed of glass
Box And Lid Diameter 8.7 cm Height 3.5 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: S.M. DE L'ESPINE
  • Location: On the front of the marble slab
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Signature
  • Location: Inside the base
  • Method of creation: Engraved on gold and set into the base
  • Text: 30
  • Location: Insdie the lid
  • Method of creation: Written in ink and stuck with glue
  • Type: Paper label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.67 & A-1973
Primary reference Number: 2640
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 December 2019 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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