Chatelaine

ca.1760 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Gold, Silver and Mosaics, Room 72, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Galleries
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The best of the Viennese tradition of gold box-making is shown in this superbly enamelled object, which forms part of a set. Catering for the necessities of elegant life, it comprises an étui or small case with a knife, snuff spoon, toothpick and ear pick, watch and châtelaine (from which the watch hung) and a matching snuffbox. Although the hanging châtelaine was produced at the same time as the watch, differences in the style of enamelling show that it was not made in Schindler's workshop.

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
Gold, enamel
Brief Description
Suite comprising snuffbox, etui, chatelaine and watch in gold, enamel, ivory, blued steel, Vienna, 1760, Philipp Ernst Schindler
Physical Description
Suite comprising snuffbox, etui, chatelaine and watch. The oval snuffbox is enamelled en plein with six opaque reserves of flowers painted against a mauve ground, bordered by wreaths of translucent green foliage and blue flowers, all over chased radiating lines and chevrons; a concealed hinge runs across the rear of the cover and the box has a flaring thumbpiece. The etui is of flattened oval section, enamelled en plein with four reserves of fruit, flowers and exotic birds within similar wreaths of translucent green and blue; it contains a knife with one gold and one steel blade, a snuff spoon, a toothpick, an earpick, a propelling pencil, scissors and ivory tablets. The chatelaine is formed as a spray of flowers enamelled in opaque colours with translucent green foliage and tied with translucent blue ribbon in three hinged sections from which hangs a watch painted en suite. Its white enamel dial has Roman hours and Arabic minutes and blued steel hands.
Dimensions
  • Length: 21.2cm
Gallery Label
  • 1. Snuffbox, châtelaine, watch and étui (case) About 1760 Although this châtelaine (watch chain) was produced at the same time as the watch, differences in the style of enamelling suggests that it was made in another workshop. The original case for this set is shown in the top drawer under this display. Vienna, Austria; enamelled by Philipp Ernst Schindler II (1723–93) Watch: signed ‘Le Roy’, Paris Gold, gilded copper, enamel, mother-of-pearl, steel and ivory Museum nos. Loan:Gilbert.334:1; 335:1 to 7; 336-2008(16/11/2016)
  • Snuffbox, châtelaine and watch, and étui (case) About 1760 Although the hanging châtelaine (chain) was produced at the same time as the watch, differences in the style of enamelling show that it was not made in Schindler’s workshop. The original case for this set is shown in the first drawer under this showcase. Vienna, Austria; enamelled by Philipp Ernst Schindler II (1723–93) Watch: signed ‘Le Roy’, Paris Gold, gilded copper, enamel, mother-of-pearl, steel and ivory Museum nos. Loan:Gilbert.334:1; 335:1 to 7; 336-2008(2009)
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance

Acquired by Arthur Gilbert from S.J. Phillips Ltd, London, 1994
Production
Different museum number in catalogue: 1996.1048
Summary
The best of the Viennese tradition of gold box-making is shown in this superbly enamelled object, which forms part of a set. Catering for the necessities of elegant life, it comprises an étui or small case with a knife, snuff spoon, toothpick and ear pick, watch and châtelaine (from which the watch hung) and a matching snuffbox. Although the hanging châtelaine was produced at the same time as the watch, differences in the style of enamelling show that it was not made in Schindler's workshop.



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.
Associated Objects
Bibliographic Reference
Truman, Charles.The Gilbert collection of gold boxes, volume II, London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., 1999, cat. no. 57, pp. 91-2. ISBN.0856675210
Other Numbers
  • GB 190
  • 1996.549 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • 1996.791.1 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • MIN 26 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • GPAF
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.336-2008

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