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The rectangular box rests on four detachable lobed feet. The box has broad cast moldings above and below with a string of beads around the top and bottom edges. The sides of the box are formed of square panels of intricate geometric ornament in low relif- four across the front of the box and...

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Incorporated into each of the twelve panels of interior cover: Le tems peut nous detruire mais non pas detacher surrounding initials in cipher, possibly FDM


On lower edge of molding, maker's mark IH (Grimwade 1819); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter e; sovereign's head.


Made for Chevalier Gregorio Franchi (b. 1770 - d. 1828); May 16, 1827, sold by Gregorio Franchi at Christie's, London, lot 99. By 1989, private collection; April 6, 1989, sold from this private collection at Sotheby's, New York, lot 177. Spink & Son, London. Asprey & Co., London. Titus Kendall, London; May 25, 1994 sold by Titus Kendall to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 25, 1994)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour and Frank Brewer Bemis Fund

English (London), 1820–21


H. 15 cm x W. 32.2 cm D. 25.3 cm (5 7/8 x 12 11/16 x 9 15/16 in.) Weight: 5,769.3 gm (185 oz 10 dwt)

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Medium or Technique

Gilded silver