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Not currently on display at the V&A
On short term loan out for exhibition

Snuffbox

ca. 1812 (made), 1812 (painted)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.
On long-term loan to Los Angeles County Museum from 2010.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold, enamel, glazed miniature on ivory
Brief Description
A circular, vari-coloured gold snuffbox, the cover set with a bust-length miniature of Napoleon Bonaparte
Physical Description
A circular, vari-coloured gold snuffbox, the cover set with a bust-length miniature of Napoleon Bonaparte
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 10.3cm
  • Height: 3.3cm
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: Traditionally presented to Countess Maria Walewska by Napoleon I. A Polish nobleman. Sven Axelsson Johnsson, Sweden, 1915. Bukowski, Stockholm, lot. 1037, April 24, 1981. Hans-Göran Sjöström, Stockholm.
Production
The miniature was possibly painted by Jean-Baptiste Isabey. Jean Baptiste Isabey was born in Nancy in 1767 and arrived in Paris at the age of eighteen, apparently penniless. He became the most famous miniature painter of the French school and the principal painte
Subject depicted
Summary
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.

On long-term loan to Los Angeles County Museum from 2010.
Bibliographic References
  • Habsburg-Lothringen, Géza von. Gold boxes from the collection of Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert. R. & A. Gilbert, 1983. 125 p., ill. Cat. no. 4, pp. 23-4. ISBN. 0961039809.
  • Truman, Charles.The Gilbert collection of gold boxes, Vol. I. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991, cat. no.126, pp. 358-61. ISBN.0875871623
  • Williams, Elizabeth A. The Gilbert Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), 2010, fig. 50, p. 85. ISBN 9780875872100
  • Zech, Heike. Gold Boxes. Masterpieces from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. London: V&A Publishing, 2015, pp. 120-121, no. 42. ISBN 987-1-85177-840-9
  • Schroder, Timothy. Gold boxes : from the Gilbert collection : an exhibition, Los Angeles : Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 198640
Other Numbers
  • GB 32 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1996.396 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • L.2010.9.16 - LACMA Loan Number 2010
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.456-2008

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record createdJune 19, 2008
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