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On display at V&A South Kensington
Gold, Silver and Mosaics, Room 72, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries

Snuffbox

ca. 1750 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The cover of this box is in the shape of a scallop shell, while the base is a different, stylized shell form. The gold mounts are also chased with shells. The stonecutting suggests it was made in Germany, however the gold chasing could possibly be English. Many goldsmiths working in London at the time were of German 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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Carved agate and chased gold
Brief Description
Gold-mounted agate snuffbox; probably Germany, ca.1750
Physical Description
A gold-mounted agate snuffbox, the cover carved as a scallop shell. The mounts are chased with pilasters and rocaille.
Dimensions
  • Length: 7.7cm
  • Width: 6.1cm
  • Height: 1.6cm
Marks and Inscriptions
No marks
Gallery Label
  • 3. Shell-shaped snuffbox, about 1750 Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.398-2008(16/11/2016)
  • Shell-shaped snuffbox About 1750 Probably Germany Carved agate and gold Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.398-2008(2009)
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: Sotheby's, London, lot. 164, December 13, 1976. S. J. Phillips, London, 1983.
Subjects depicted
Summary
The cover of this box is in the shape of a scallop shell, while the base is a different, stylized shell form. The gold mounts are also chased with shells. The stonecutting suggests it was made in Germany, however the gold chasing could possibly be English. Many goldsmiths working in London at the time were of German 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.
Bibliographic References
  • Truman, Charles.The Gilbert collection of gold boxes, Vol. I. Los Angeles (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) 1991, cat. no. 64, pp. 188-9. ISBN.0875871623
  • Schroder, Timothy. Gold boxes : from the Gilbert collection : an exhibition, Los Angeles : Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 19864
Other Numbers
  • GB 62 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1996.419 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • 1996.791.1 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • MIN 26 - Arthur Gilbert Number
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.398-2008

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record createdJune 19, 2008
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