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  • Place of origin:

    Stockholm (made)

  • Date:

    1759 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Almgren, Andreas (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved gold with basse taille enamel

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Though a noted goldsmith in Stockholm, little is known of the life of Andreas Almgren. Like his countryman Frantz Bergs, Almgen appears to have specialised in the use of basse taille enamels. This process involves chasing or engraving metal in low relief and applying translucent enamels to the design to produce a richness and subtlety of tones.

The figures on this box are in the style of French Rococo artist Jean-Antoine Watteau (1684-1721).

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 rectangular gold snuffbox enamelled 'en basse taille' and engraved with a diaper pattern of flowers

Place of Origin

Stockholm (made)


1759 (made)


Almgren, Andreas (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Engraved gold with basse taille enamel

Marks and inscriptions

Mark 'AA' of Andreas Almgren, goldsmith registered in Stockholm, 1746-1778
In the base

Standard mark '20K' for 20 carat gold, Sweden, 1754-January 1, 1913
In the base

Town mark of Stockholm
In the base

Date mark 'A' for 1759, Sweden
In the base

Control mark, Sweden, from 1754
In the base

Engraved 'FS221'
On the bezel

Engraved '30'
On the base


Length: 7.7 cm, Width: 6.1 cm, Height: 1.6 cm

Object history note

Provenance: Garrard and Company, London.

Descriptive line

Gold snuffbox with translucent blue enamel en basse taille; Andreas Almgren, Stockholm, 1759

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

Truman, Charles.The Gilbert collection of gold boxes, Vol. I. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991, cat. no. 135, pp. 390-2. ISBN.0875871623
Zech, Heike. Gold Boxes. Masterpieces from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. London: V&A Publishing, 2015, pp. 132-133, no. 48. ISBN 987-1-85177-840-9
Schroder, Timothy. Gold boxes : from the Gilbert collection : an exhibition, Los Angeles : Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1986

Labels and date

2. Snuffbox with Justice choosing Minerva, about 1750

Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.392-2008 [16/11/2016]
Snuffbox with love scene

Stockholm, Sweden;
mark of Andreas Almgren (active 1746–78)
Enamelled gold
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.329-2008 [2009]


Gold; Enamel


Basse taille; Engraving; Enamelling

Subjects depicted

Lute; Music; Dogs; Figures; Romantic love; Diaper; Birds; Flowers


Metalwork; Personal accessories; Containers; Enamels


Metalwork Collection

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