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Commemorative plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Cambridge (made)

  • Date:

    2000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cardozo Kindersley, Lida Lopes (stonecutter)
    The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stonecutting and gilded slate

  • Credit Line:

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

  • Museum number:

    LOAN:GILBERT.967-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Gold, Silver and Mosaics, Room 72, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries, case West Wall

This commemorative plaque was made for the official opening of the Gilbert Collection and unveiled by the Queen Mother on this occasion at Somerset House on 25th May 2000. The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop, located in Cambridge, England, specialises in cutting letters in stone. It was established in the mid-20th century by the stone-cutter and typeface designer David Kindersley (1915-95), a hugely influential figure in the support of workshop culture throughout the 1950s and 1960. Kindersley was a member of both the Designer Craftsman Society and the Crafts Council of Great Britain, becoming Chairman of the latter for a short while. Collaborations with the Dutch letter cutter Lida Lopes Cardozo began in the 1970s and she later became his wife. Evidence of their work can be seen on many churches and public buildings all over the United Kingdom.

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 circular slate plaque with a bevelled edge inscribed in carved and gilded lettering in honour of the Gilbert Collection.

Place of Origin

Cambridge (made)

Date

2000 (made)

Artist/maker

Cardozo Kindersley, Lida Lopes (stonecutter)
The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Stonecutting and gilded slate

Marks and inscriptions

Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth
The Queen Mother
accepted as a gift to the Nation
THE GILBERT COLLECTION
from
Sir Arthur Gilbert
on 25 May
2000

Dimensions

Diameter: 81.4 cm, Depth: 2.2 cm

Object history note

This plaque was unveiled by the Queen Mother at the official opening of the Gilbert Collection at Somerset House on 25th May 2000.

Descriptive line

Circular slate commemorative plaque with gilded lettering; Cardozo Kindersley workshop, Cambridge, 2000.

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

Schroder, Timothy, ed. The Gilbert Collection at the V&A. London (V&A Publishing) 2009, p. 24. ISBN9781851775934

Materials

Slate; Gold

Techniques

Gilding; Stone-cutting

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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