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Bonbonnière with Pastoral Scene
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Bonbonnière with Pastoral Scene

Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description Both the lid and container of this bonbonnière, or sweet-meat container, have central circular fields and radiating panels carved in relief. On the cover, a seated nude woman caresses a dog; on the container itself, a shepherd holding a crook pats his dog. The shallowly and rather summarily rendered radiating panels show vignettes with shepherds, shepherdesses, watchdogs, and sheep. A narrow frieze running around the side of the container illustrates a boar hunt. The two sections of the bonbonnière are attached by a gilt-metal hinge. A hole in the rim opposite the hinge indicates that the box may also have had a metal clasp. Incised and blackened in the inside of the container is an owner's monogram, MT. The cover bears a paper label: MACKAY & CHISHOLM/GOLSMITHS./57 Princess Street/EDINBURGH.
Date Description Narrative
Provenance Owned by Mackay and Chisholm, Edinburgh; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Monogram] Incised and blackened in the inside of the container: MT; [Label] On paper: MACKAY & CHISHOLM/GOLSMITHS./57 Princess Street/EDINBURGH
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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(Ivory & Bone)
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W: 2 5/8 × D: 1 11/16 in. (6.7 × 4.3 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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