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  • Place of origin:

    Silesia (made)

  • Date:

    1619 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold, cast and engraved

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Gold, Silver & Mosaics, room 70, case 6

A tazza was often used as a support for a wine cup or spice plate. Reflecting the Renaissance revival of interest in antiquity, this bowl on a pedestal is inset with ancient Roman and later coins.

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Schatzkammer is one of the few collections of its kind formed in the late 20th century. The Schatzkammer, or treasury, was a new concept in the 16th century. It referred to a special chamber in which the most precious artefacts of a princely collection were housed. Gold and jewelled objects were mounted alongside exotic natural curiosities, including rock crystal, nautilus shells and ostrich eggs. Together they demonstrated not only the wonders of nature and the technical achievements of the artist, but also the intellect and culture of the patron.

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 tazza overall set with gold coins from different periods. It has two flat handles on demi-figure brackets and a short tapered foot.

Place of Origin

Silesia (made)


1619 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Gold, cast and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

German dedication of the object to the memory of a mother of seven children, Mrs. Schönaich, née Burghaus by her sons, Hanns and Sebastian.
Records day of death of Mrs Schönaich as 19 January 1619 in German


Height: 7 cm, Diameter: 23 cm, Weight: 460 g

Object history note

Provenance: Arturo Lopez-Willshaw (1900-1962); Sotheby's London. Twenty Five Renaissance Jewels and Works of Art from the collection of the late Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, 10 May 1974, lot 5; Kugel, Paris, 1988

Descriptive line

Gold and enamel tazza, Silesia, 1619.

Labels and date

(Gallery 70, case 6)
2. Bowl (tazza) inlaid with coins
A tazza, a bowl on a pedestal, was often used as a wine cup or spice plate. Reflecting the Renaissance passion for antiquity, this tazza is inset with ancient Roman and more recent coins.
Piekary Slaskie, Silesia (now Poland)
Gold and enamel
Inscribed in German in memory of Frau Schönaich from her sons, dated 1619
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.19-2008 [16/11/2016]




Engraving (incising); Casting; Punching

Subjects depicted

Subject; Jesus Christ; Domitian; Subject; Valentinian


Food vessels & Tableware; Metalwork; Coins & Medals


Metalwork Collection

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