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Robert Burns

Stamp or trinket box

Period:
19th Century
Description:

This is a small round shallow box with lid and is probably a stamp or trinket box.  The colour transfer on the lid depicts Burns, below which is "Robert Burns". Unusually the image of Burns on this box is taken from the Peter Taylor portrait, made in 1786 when Burns was 27 years of age.

 

Throughout the 19th century the cult of Burns rose to huge proportions.  Images derived from his life and work, and of the poet himself were frequently used in domestic ornamentation and were to be found in most Scottish homes.

Materials/Media:
paper, papier mache
Dimensions:
depth 21mm, diameter 90mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
DUMFM:0198.136
Digital Number:
BCBN027n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council