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Snuffbox
  • Snuffbox
    Neuber, Johann Christian, born 1735 - died 1808
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Snuffbox

  • Place of origin:

    Dresden (made)

  • Date:

    1780 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Neuber, Johann Christian, born 1735 - died 1808 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold-mounted hardstone, enamel miniature

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.352:1,2-2008

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The skillful setting of hardstones within this box associates it with the work of Johann Christian Neuber, who worked in Dresden. The design, however, particularly the pierced gold panels, is not typical and the box may not be his work. A portrait of Frederick Augustus III, who became elector of Saxony in 1763, is set into the inside of the lid.

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

Rectangular, gold-mounted hardstone snuffbox with miniature inside of Frederick Augustus III; Johann Christian Neuber, Dresden, ca.1780.

Place of Origin

Dresden (made)

Date

1780 (made)

Artist/maker

Neuber, Johann Christian, born 1735 - died 1808 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Gold-mounted hardstone, enamel miniature

Object history note

Provenance: Kugel, Paris

Descriptive line

Rectangular, gold-mounted hardstone snuffbox with miniature inside of Frederick Augustus III; Johann Christian Neuber, Dresden, ca.1780

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

Truman, Charles. The Gilbert collection of gold boxes, Vol. I. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1991, cat. no. 80, pp. 234-37. ISBN.0875871623
Kugel, Alexis (ed.). Gold, Jasper and Carnelian. Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court. London: Paul Holberton publishing, 2012, p. 339, cat. no. 29. ISBN978-1-907372-36-0
Zech, Heike. Gold Boxes. Masterpieces from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. London: V&A Publishing, 2015, pp. 94-95, no. 31. ISBN 987-1-85177-840-9

Labels and date

5. Snuffbox with sunburst, man and dog
About 1770

Dresden, Germany; possibly Johann Christian Neuber (1736–1808)
Gold, agate and carnelian; glazed miniature inside lid of Frederick Augustus III,
Elector of Saxony, after Anton Graff (1736–1813)
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.352-2008 [16/11/2016]

Materials

Gold; Hardstone; Enamel; Material

Techniques

Enamelling; Mounting; Technique

Categories

Metalwork; Containers; Personal accessories

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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