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  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, micromosaic

  • 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

Gold oval pendant with an unpolished micromosaic plaque depicting figure of a woman, seated in an interior with a lamb at her feet; a curved band on each side of the lower half set with micromosaics in shades of green, the upper hal with curved bands of scrolling foliage in micromosaic; the whole surmounted by a loop in the shape of stylised leaves; the back with a raised central oval inscribed "ROMA" and decorated overall with filigree and granulation

Place of Origin

Rome (made)


ca. 1860 (made)


Unknown (made)

Materials and Techniques

Gold, micromosaic

Marks and inscriptions

back of pendant


Length: 6.0 cm, Width: 3.7 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm, Height: 2.7 cm oval opening, Width: 1.9 cm oval opening

Object history note

Provenance: Hancocks & Co., London, 1984

Descriptive line

Gold and micromosaic locket, Rome, 1860.

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

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. 183, p. 247. ISBN 0856675113.


Mosaic glass; Gold


Micromosaic; Casting; Gold filigree; Granulation (metal decorating)

Subjects depicted

Scrolls; Women; Scrolling foliage


Metalwork Collection

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