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Hair brush

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1695 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rollos, Philip the Elder (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-gilt, raised, cast, applied, engraved with wood

  • Credit Line:

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at National Trust Belton House, Lincolnshire

This object is part of a toilet service engraved with the crest of the Earls Brownlow, Lincolnshire. The toilet service represented the height of aristocratic fashion. Women used the many pots and containers for cosmetics and ointments. The whisk was used to powder wigs. The extravagance and size of many toilet sets demonstrate the public aspect of courtly life. As private rooms were also used to receive guests, the toilet service was displayed to impress visitors. Anne of Austria (1601-66), married to Louis XIII of France, kept a 17-piece gold service in her rooms at the Louvre palace.

Sir Arthur Gilbert and his wife Rosalinde formed one of the world's great decorative art collections, including silver, mosaics, enamelled portrait miniatures and gold boxes. Arthur Gilbert donated his extraordinary collection to Britain in 1996.

Physical description

Oval, silver-gilt hair brush of convex form with an engraved foliate-tongue border and an applied band of gadroons within. The bristles are embedded in wood. The back of the brush is engraved with the crown and crest of the Earls Brownlow.

Place of Origin

London (made)


ca.1695 (made)


Rollos, Philip the Elder (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver-gilt, raised, cast, applied, engraved with wood

Marks and inscriptions

Engraved with the crest and coronet of the Earls Brownlow


Height: 4.5 cm, Width: 11.6 cm, Depth: 9 cm, Weight: 220 g

Object history note

Provenance: John Egerton, 3rd earl of Bridgewater. Viscount Alford. The earls Brownlow. By descent to the barons Brownlow. Toledo Museum of Art. Purchased from S.J. Phillips Ltd., London, 1982.

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt oval-shaped hair brush; Philip Rollos, England, ca.1695

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Schroder, Timothy. The Gilbert collection of gold and silver. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1988, cat. no.34, pp. 141-47. ISBN.0875871445


Silver-gilt; Wood


Gilding; Raising; Casting; Applied work; Engraving (incising); Padding (process)

Subjects depicted

Crests; Coronets (crowns)




Metalwork Collection

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