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This is the second of two decorated boxes which Wilkie commissioned from Lessore. Wilkie specified the scheme of decoration which again demonstrates his fascination with Titian. On the lid is a copy of Titian's 'Sacred and Profane Love' in the Borghese Gallery in Rome. The base of the interior bears a copy of 'The Three Ages of Man', on loan from the Duke of Westmoreland's collection to the National Gallery of Scotland. The front is decorated with a version of 'An Allegory of Prudence' in the National Gallery, London. The box incorporates a removable interior which is shown alongside. This has a mirror which enables the painting on its base to be seen the right way round.

September 2004