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  • Place of origin:

    London (assayed)

  • Date:

    1824-25 (hallmarked)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Emes and Barnard (makers)
    Fisher, Braithwaite & Jones (retailers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Raised, cast and chased silver, gilding, citrines.

  • 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

A George IV silver and gem-set seal cup; with a tapering square body on a shaped square base, the sides set with medallions enclosing on one side a medal of George IV signed Benedetto Pistrucci above armorials, on the other side a medal of William of Nassau, King of Belgium and Luxembourg signed by Auguste-Francois Michaut. The other two sides set with armorials of George IV. Marked near rim, the base stamped with retailer's mark FISHER, BRAITHWAITE, & JONES, FECt, LONDON.

Place of Origin

London (assayed)


1824-25 (hallmarked)


Emes and Barnard (makers)
Fisher, Braithwaite & Jones (retailers)

Materials and Techniques

Raised, cast and chased silver, gilding, citrines.


Height: 49.5 cm, Weight: 4546 g

Object history note

Sometime between the Sotheby's sale in 1966, and the Christie's sale in 1998, the cup was separated from its original cover.

Provenance: Richard le Poer Trench, 2nd Earl Clancarty, then by descent, 1824. Sotheby's, lot 80, 18/12/1966. Kaye, 1966. Christie's New York, lot 163 (through S. J. Phillips), 21/04/1998.

Descriptive line

Seal cup with medallions. Silver and gems. Rebecca Emes and Edward Barnard, London, 1824.

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

Barnard Sales / Accounts ledger for March 1824 - November 1826; V&A archives; AAD/5/259-1988, folio 184.

Production Note

Incorporating medallions by Benedetto Pistrucci and Auguste-Francois Michaut.


Silver; Gold; Citrine


Raising; Casting; Chasing; Gilding; Setting


Metalwork Collection

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