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Not currently on display at the V&A
On short term loan out for exhibition

Miniature

ca. 1730 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

When this portrait miniature and another in the Gilbert Collection were sold at auction in 1981, they were part of a family grouping of mother, daughter and son-in-law. See LOAN:GILBERT.285-2008 for further explanation.

Continental artists first introduced enamel painting to England in the 17th century, but it wasn't until the early 18th century that it became fashionable. The maker of this portrait, the young German Christian Friedrich Zincke, dominated the market for small portraiture in London. Most artists working in enamel were taught by an experienced enameller, and Zincke trained a number of English artists.

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
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Enamel on copper, in paste-set silver-rim frame with agate backs
Brief Description
Enamel miniature on copper of Mrs Tilson, in a silver frame with agate back, England, ca.1730, by Christian Friedrich Zincke.
Physical Description
Oval portrait miniature possibly of Mrs Tilson, mother of Lady Deane, wearing a white dress. The miniature is enamel on copper and the silver rim frame is paste-set and backed with a single piece of agate. The reverse rim of the frame is engraved with an inscription.
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.9cm
  • Width: 4.98cm
  • Depth: 1.28cm
Updated with measurements taken 29/07/08
Marks and Inscriptions
Engraved 'Mother of Charlot Tilson Lady Deane' (On frame)
Gallery Label
Possibly Mrs Tilson, Lady Deane’s mother About 1730 It has been suggested that this miniature, along with the portrait of a man (5), were framed alike to form a family grouping of mother, daughter and son-in-law. England; Christian Friedrich Zincke (about 1683–1767) Enamel on copper in paste-set silver-rim frame with agate backs Engraved on frame ‘Mother of Charlot Tilson Lady Deane’ Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.284-2008(2009)
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: Lord Muskerry. Sale, Christie's London, lot 54, 24/11/1981. D.S. Lavender, London, 01/10/1982.
Summary
When this portrait miniature and another in the Gilbert Collection were sold at auction in 1981, they were part of a family grouping of mother, daughter and son-in-law. See LOAN:GILBERT.285-2008 for further explanation.



Continental artists first introduced enamel painting to England in the 17th century, but it wasn't until the early 18th century that it became fashionable. The maker of this portrait, the young German Christian Friedrich Zincke, dominated the market for small portraiture in London. Most artists working in enamel were taught by an experienced enameller, and Zincke trained a number of English artists.



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.
Associated Object
Bibliographic References
  • Coffin, Sarah and Bodo Hofstetter. Portrait Miniatures in Enamel. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. in association with the Gilbert Collection, 2000. 168 p., ill. Cat. no. 71, pp. 118-119. ISBN 0856675334.
  • Minter, Alice et al. Masterpieces in Miniature: Treasures from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. London: V&A Publishing, 2021, p.58, cat.34
Other Numbers
  • 1996.805.1 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • MIN 39B - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1996.791.1 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • MIN 26 - Arthur Gilbert Number
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.284-2008

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record createdJune 26, 2008
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