Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.


  • Place of origin:

    Florence (Pietre dure, made)
    France (cabinets, made)

  • Date:

    1830-1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pietre dure, pietre tenere, marble, ebonised wood, gilt bronze

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    On display at Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley []

This cabinet, although made in a 17th century style, was produced in the mid 19th century. During the reign of Napoleon III, Empress Eugenie's passion for collecting objects from Marie-Antoinette's reign, guaranteed the popularity of the revival of earlier styles.

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 single doored cabinet of ebonised wood decorated with gilt-bronze mounts and panels of pietre dure and pietre tenere bearing naturalistic motifs of flowers and birds. The door holds five panels (four in the corners and one large oval at centre) all framed by gilt bronze mounts. The upper corner hardstone panels depict flowers, on the left, and fruit on the right; the lower panels depict the same fruit, on the left, with birds and similar flowers, on the right. The central oval, with a gilt bronze bow above, represents fruit and flowers in an urn; with a bird perched at the centre.

Place of Origin

Florence (Pietre dure, made)
France (cabinets, made)


1830-1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Pietre dure, pietre tenere, marble, ebonised wood, gilt bronze


Height: 122 cm, Width: 94 cm, Depth: 46 cm, :

Object history note

Provenance: Walter Fradin, New York, 1973.

Descriptive line

Cabinet with ebonised wood, gilt bronze mounts, panels of pietre dure and pietra tenere, marble, Florence and France, ca.1830-70

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

Massinelli, Anna Maria with contributions by Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel. Hardstones: The Gilbert Collection. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. in association with The Gilbert Collection, 2000. 329 p., ill. Cat. no. 16, pp. 66-67. ISBN 0856675105.

Production Note

The pietre dure is from Florence, the cabinet was made in France


Ebony; Marble; Gilt bronze; Material


Gilding; Mosaic; Technique


Metalwork Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.