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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1825 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold and tortoiseshell box set with a micromosaic

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.925:1, 2-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

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

Circular tortoiseshell box with a small round micromosaic on the cover depicting the ruins of the Temple of Saturn at the Roman Forum.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


ca. 1825 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold and tortoiseshell box set with a micromosaic


Diameter: 8.6 cm, Height: 2.5 cm

Object history note

Provenance: Ditta Callai, Florence, 1971.

Descriptive line

Bonbonniére with Temple of Saturn at the Roman Forum, gold and tortoiseshell, 1825.

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

Avery, Charles, assisted by Arthur Emperatori. Mosaics from the Gilbert Collection: summary catalogue. Exhibition catalogue Victoria & Albert Museum. London: H.M.S.O. 1975, cat. no. 74.
Gabriel, Jeanette Hanisee with contributions by Anna Maria Massinelli and essays by Judy Rudoe and Massimo Alfieri. Micromosaics: The Gilbert Collection. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. in association with The Gilbert Collection, 2000. 310 p., ill. Cat. no. 136, p. 205. ISBN 0856675113.


Tortoise shell; Gold; Mosaic glass


Setting; Framing; Micromosaic


Containers; Metalwork; Mosaic


Metalwork Collection

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