Snuffbox

ca. 1820 (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Boxes covered in turquoises appear to have been popular in early 19th-century Russia. Boxes in the shape of trunks began to be made in the late 18th century, but this elongated form of this box suggests a later date.

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
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Chased gold, silver settings, diamonds and cabachon turquoises
Brief Description
Gold snuffbox formed as a trunk set with cabachon turquoises in silver settings, chased gold reserves and diamond-set thumbpiece.
Physical Description
Gold snuffbox formed as a trunk set with cabachon turquoises in silver settings with chased gold reserves and diamond-set thumbpiece.
Dimensions
  • Length: 6.3cm
  • Width: 2.9cm
  • . height: 2.4cm
Gallery Label
8. Snuffbox set with turquoise, about 1820 Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.443-2008(16/11/2016)
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: S. J. Phillips, London..
Production
Maker's mark DK.
Summary
Boxes covered in turquoises appear to have been popular in early 19th-century Russia. Boxes in the shape of trunks began to be made in the late 18th century, but this elongated form of this box suggests a later date.



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 Reference
Truman, Charles.The Gilbert collection of gold boxes, volume II, London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 1999, cat. no.55, pp. 89. ISBN.0856675210
Other Numbers
  • GB 186 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1996.534 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.443-2008

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record createdJune 19, 2008
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