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

Miniature

ca. 1730 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

It has been suggested that this miniature was part of a family grouping of mother, daughter and son-in-law.

Continental artists first introduced enamel painting to England in the 17th century. But it was in the early 18th century that it became fashionable. The young German Christian Friedrich Zincke dominated the market in London. It was Zincke who trained a number of English artists, including William Prewett. Most artists working in enamel were taught by an experienced enameller. It is not known who trained Gervase Spencer this difficult art, but he later taught Henry Spicer, who in turn taught William Birch. In 1794 Birch successfully established himself in America as an enamel painter.

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
Enamel on copper, in paste-set silver-rim frame with agate backs
Brief Description
Enamel miniature on copper of Mrs Tilson, in a silver frame with agate back, England, ca.1730, by Christian Friedrich Zincke.
Physical Description
Oval portrait miniature possibly of Mrs Tilson, mother of Lady Deane, wearing a white dress. The miniature is enamel on copper and the silver rim frame is paste-set and backed with a single piece of agate. The reverse rim of the frame is engraved with an inscription.
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.9cm
  • Width: 4.98cm
  • Depth: 1.28cm
Marks and Inscriptions
Engraved 'Mother of Charlot Tilson Lady Deane' (On frame)
Gallery Label
Possibly Mrs Tilson, Lady Deane’s mother About 1730 It has been suggested that this miniature, along with the portrait of a man (5), were framed alike to form a family grouping of mother, daughter and son-in-law. England; Christian Friedrich Zincke (about 1683–1767) Enamel on copper in paste-set silver-rim frame with agate backs Engraved on frame ‘Mother of Charlot Tilson Lady Deane’ Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.284-2008(2009)
Credit line
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Object history
Provenance: Lord Muskerry. Sale, Christie's London, lot 54, 24/11/1981. D.S. Lavender, London, 01/10/1982.
Summary
It has been suggested that this miniature was part of a family grouping of mother, daughter and son-in-law.



Continental artists first introduced enamel painting to England in the 17th century. But it was in the early 18th century that it became fashionable. The young German Christian Friedrich Zincke dominated the market in London. It was Zincke who trained a number of English artists, including William Prewett. Most artists working in enamel were taught by an experienced enameller. It is not known who trained Gervase Spencer this difficult art, but he later taught Henry Spicer, who in turn taught William Birch. In 1794 Birch successfully established himself in America as an enamel painter.



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 Object
Bibliographic Reference
Coffin, Sarah and Bodo Hofstetter. Portrait Miniatures in Enamel. London: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd. in association with the Gilbert Collection, 2000. 168 p., ill. Cat. no. 71, pp. 118-119. ISBN 0856675334.
Other Numbers
  • 1996.805.1 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • MIN 39B - Arthur Gilbert Number
  • 1996.791.1 - The Gilbert Collection, Somerset House
  • MIN 26 - Arthur Gilbert Number
Collection
Accession Number
LOAN:GILBERT.284-2008

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record createdJune 26, 2008
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