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Roundel Box

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T2441
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1550 - 1600


A rare set of 11 painted roundels in a turned box decorated with the Tudor coat of arms. Roundels were used at the end of banquets, possibly as a serving platter for fruit and sweetmeats, or, more likely as a means of providing after dinner entertainment. In this way each guest would select a roundel and read or sing the verse which is painted on it.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:16th century
Medium:Turned and painted.


Depth:4.4 cm
Diameter:15.1 cm