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Snuffbox

  • Place of origin:

    St Petersburg (possibly, made)
    Vienna (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chased gold with diamonds and enamel

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.343-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This box may have been made in Vienna or St Petersburg. The style of gold chasing on the walls is similar to that on a box attributed to Jérémie Pauzié, goldsmith to Catherine the Great of Russia. Additionally, the enamelling is similar to that on a box by another Swiss goldsmith active in St Petersburg, Jean-Pierre Ador.

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, jewelled gold snuffbox, the cover enamelled in translucent green and red and opaque white, depicting a landscape and castle, the reverse similarly decorated with an architectural ruin in a rocaille cartouche.

Place of Origin

St Petersburg (possibly, made)
Vienna (possibly, made)

Date

ca. 1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Chased gold with diamonds and enamel

Marks and inscriptions

Duty mark 'A', Vienna, 1806-1807
On the bezel

Dimensions

Length: 8.4 cm, Width: 7.0 cm, Height: 3.8 cm

Object history note

Provenance: A la Vieille Russie, New York.

Descriptive line

Enamelled and jewelled snuffbox; possibly St Petersburg or Vienna, ca.1760

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

Habsburg-Lothringen, Géza von. Gold boxes from the collection of Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert. R. & A. Gilbert, 1983. 125 p., ill. Cat. no. 15, p. 41. ISBN. 0961039809.
Truman, Charles.The Gilbert collection of gold boxes, Vol. I. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1991, cat. no. 127, pp. 366-7. ISBN.0875871623

Labels and date

ST PETERSBURG
3. Snuffbox with landscape, about 1760

Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.343-2008 [16/11/2016]
Snuffbox with landscape
About 1760

Possibly St Petersburg, Russia, or Vienna, Austria
Chased and enamelled gold and diamonds
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.343-2008 [2009]

Materials

Gold; Diamond; Enamel

Techniques

Enamelling; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Castle; Ducks; Rocaille; Cartouche; Shepherd; Cows; Shells; Landscape; Lake; Reeding

Categories

Metalwork; Personal accessories; Containers; Enamels

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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