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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Roccheggiani, Cesare (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze, gilt brass, micromosaic, marble, malachite, glass and silk

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • 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

A gilt three-level stand, the top with a hinged, silk-lined jewellery case with glass on three sides, and supporting a round mirror with candle-holders on each side. The three tiers have shelves consisting of rectangular black marble plaques, the lower two with central oval mosaics of monuments within a further band of malachite, the top with a central mosaic floral bouquet. Signed: Cesare Roccheggiani, Roma.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


ca.1850-1900 (made)


Roccheggiani, Cesare (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze, gilt brass, micromosaic, marble, malachite, glass and silk


Height: 113.7 cm, Width: 55 cm, Depth: 28.5 cm

Object history note

Provenance: South Audley Art Galleries, London, 1975.

Descriptive line

Étagère with three micromosaic plaques, Micromosaic, marble, malachite, gilt bronze, gilt brass. Cesare Roccheggiani, Rome, 1850-1900.

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

Alfieri, Massimo, Maria Grazia Branchetti and Guido Cornini. Mosaici Minuti Romani del 700 et dell'800. Exhibition catalogue. Rome: Edizioni del mosaico, 1986, p. 180.
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. 59, p. 118. ISBN 0856675113.


Mosaic glass; Gold; Bronze; Brass (alloy); Marble; Malachite (mineral); Reflective glass; Silk (textile)


Micromosaic; Gilding; Casting; Casting; Inlay (process); Inlay (process); Setting; Lining (process)




Metalwork Collection

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