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  • Materials and Techniques:

    white marble, cast anc chased silver and silver-gilt; the movement brass and silvered brass

  • 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

Silver, silver-gilt and white marble clock with silvered dial and later movement signed by Grohe, London, the silver parts by William Pitts and Joseph Preedy, London. The movement brass and silvered brass with Brocot suspended pendulum set within an antique altar with a lamb on a flaming pyre and ram's head masks joined by ribbon tied swags flanked by a seated figure to the left with ewer and basin, and two figures to the right, one blowing two trumpets; supported on four sphinxes, the bases with two friezes applied with Apollo's mask flanked by musical trophies, flaming urns and griffins, with D-shaped stepped sides and paw feet: the dial engine turned with decorative pattern, silvered and painted with numerals.

Materials and Techniques

white marble, cast anc chased silver and silver-gilt; the movement brass and silvered brass

Marks and inscriptions

Grohé / London / 26006
Engraved on back plate of movement

ROBLIN [or possibly BOBLIN] / 26006
Stamped on bezel and also on back of dial

Bull [?] / 6138 / Roman / Grone [?] / London
Scratch marks on back of dial

AC3/20 [ for 1920?]
repairer's mark on back of dial plate


Height: 49.5 cm ca., Width: 44.5 cm ca., Depth: 19.1 cm ca.

Object history note

Provenance: S. J. Phillips, 1996

Descriptive line

Silver, silver-gilt and marble clock with allegorical figures, London, 1795


Marble; Silver; Silver-gilt; Brass


Chasing; Casting; Carving; Clock making; Engine turning

Subjects depicted

Sacrifice; Fruit; Vestal virgin; Ram's head; Sphinxes; Flowers (bouquets); Trumpets; Altars; Vases; Garland; Allegory




Metalwork Collection

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