Snuffbox

1825 (made), 1819-1838 (made)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold, tortoiseshell and micromosaic
Brief Description
Rectangular box with oval micromosaic of a dog. Box: Paris, Mosaic: Rome, Box: 1819-38 Mosaic: ca.1825.
Physical Description
Rectangular tortoiseshell snuffbox set with an oval micromosaic of a recumbent brown and white spaniel dog framed in a wide band of gold chased with foliage.
Dimensions
  • Length: 7.6cm
  • Width: 5cm
  • Height: 2cm
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: Graus Antiques, London, 1972.
Production
The mosaic is from Rome c. 1825, the box from Paris 1819-1838
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic References
  • 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. 83.
  • 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. 140, p, 209. ISBN 0856675113.
Other Numbers
  • MM 105C - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1996.257 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • MM 19 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • GTA
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.929-2008

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record createdJune 19, 2008
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