Chaplin, Arthur, miniaturist, French artist, 1869, France
Unknown, box maker, France
Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton
miniature (painting); boxes
objet de vertu; category
after 1889 before 1935
late 19th-early 20th Century
tortoise-shell with miniature of a vase of flowers
Tortoise-shell set with a miniature in bodycolour and watercolour on card, mounted under glass in gilt metal. The circular box has straight sides and an almost flat pull-off lid. The circular miniature depicts a shallow vase of flowers, including roses, delphiniums and morning glory, on a marble slab.
tortoise shell; box
gold; surface of mount
The shell of a turtle (known as tortoiseshell) was carved, heated and pressed to form the parts of a box, which were glued together. The miniature was painted on card and set under glass with a gilt metal mount.
height, box and lid, 2.7, cm
diameter, box and lid, 6.3, cm
bequeathed; 1973-04-06; Broughton, Henry Rogers, Major the Hon.
not known before testator
Major, the Hon. H.R. Broughton Bequest
signature; on the base of the slab; painted; A Chaplin; painted by Arthur Chaplin
paper label; inside the lid; written in ink and stuck with glue; 222
Object Number: M.127 & A-1973
(record id: 2524; input: 2000-02-28; modified: 2015-08-10)