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  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chased gilded silver (silver-gilt), carved horn

  • 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-gilt and Ibex horn beaker of ovoid section with chased mounts, the body carved with scenes of villagers, hunters and game. The finial is a figure of a hunter and his catch.

Materials and Techniques

Chased gilded silver (silver-gilt), carved horn

Marks and inscriptions

No town or maker's mark


Height: 10.2 cm, Width: 7 cm, Depth: 7 cm

Object history note

Carved ibex horn vessels were almost exclusively made at the court of the Prince Bishop of Salzburg, where ibex horn beakers were used as diplomatic gifts. The horn of the alpine ibex was thought to have healing powers in the eighteenth-century, an assumption that ensured its price at the time. It also contributed to the rapid decline of the population in the eighteenth century, the animal was virtually extinct in parts of the alpine region in the eighteenth-century. Therefore, in the bishopric of Salzburg where ibex continued to live, hunting ibex was the closely-guarded privilege of the Prince Bishop.

Descriptive line

Beaker, silver-gilt and carved horn, Johann Jacob Adam, 1751.

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

Laue, Georg (ed). Exotica. Munich: Kunstkammer Laue, 2012, cat. no. 14 (comparable ewer and basin, dated 1758). ISBN 978-3-00-037270-4.


Silver; Silver-gilt; Horn


Gilding; Chasing; Carving


Metalwork Collection

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