Bonbonnière

1767-8 (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

Turning ivory with a mechanical engine was a popular court pastime from at least the 17th century. Louis XVI of France was a particular enthusiast, and his engine-turning machine or tour a guillocher, built by Mercklein, still survives in Paris in the Musée des Arts et Metiers. George III of England was also a keen ivory turner. A gold mounted ivory snuffbox by him can be seen in the Royal Collections.

The turned ivory panels are set in a gold box by Louis-Claude Porcher, a Paris goldsmith active between 1762 and 1791.

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
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Bonbonniere Base
  • Bonbonniere Cover
Materials and Techniques
Gold, enamel, pierced and turned ivory
Brief Description
Gold, resin and ivory bonbonnière, Louis-Claude Porcher, Paris, 1767-1768
Physical Description
Gold, resin and ivory bonbonniere, the cover, walls and base of ivory, turned and pierced on a lathe with concentric patterns and applied over silver foil enamelled translucent red and green.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 5.5cm
  • Height: 2.9cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • Mark of Louis-Claude Porcher, goldsmith registered in Paris, July 26, 1762-at least 1791 (In the lid, in the base, and in the wall)
  • Charge mark of the adjudicataire des fermes générales unies Jean-Jacque Prévost, Paris, November 22, 1762-December 22, 1768 (In the lid, in the base, and in the wall)
  • Warden's mark for Paris, July 13, 1768-July 11, 1769 (In the lid, in the base, and in the wall)
  • Discharge mark of the adjudicataire des fermes générales unies Julien Alatarre, Paris, December 23, 1768-August 31, 1775 (On the bezel)
Gallery Label
  • 6. Bonbonnière with basketwork pattern, 1767–68 Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.340:1, 2-2008(16/11/2016)
  • Bonbonnière with concentric patterns 1767–8 Paris, France; mark of Louis-Claude Porcher (active 1762–91) Gold, enamel and turned and pierced ivory Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.340:1, 2-2008(2008)
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: Sale, Christie's, Geneva, lot 541, May 14, 1986. Acquired by Arthur Gilbert from S.J. Phillips Ltd, London, 1990.
Subject depicted
Summary
Turning ivory with a mechanical engine was a popular court pastime from at least the 17th century. Louis XVI of France was a particular enthusiast, and his engine-turning machine or tour a guillocher, built by Mercklein, still survives in Paris in the Musée des Arts et Metiers. George III of England was also a keen ivory turner. A gold mounted ivory snuffbox by him can be seen in the Royal Collections.



The turned ivory panels are set in a gold box by Louis-Claude Porcher, a Paris goldsmith active between 1762 and 1791.



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 Reference
Truman, Charles.The Gilbert collection of gold boxes, Vol. I. Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991, cat. no. 23, pp. 84-5. ISBN.0875871623
Other Numbers
  • GB 156 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1996.791.1 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • MIN 26 - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • GPAF
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.340:1, 2-2008

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record createdJune 26, 2008
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