Gilbert Collection

Rooms 70 – 73

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The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection celebrates some of the most beautiful objects ever made, many in precious materials, and often on a small scale. It is famous for European and British masterpieces including gold and silver, gold boxes, painted enamels and mosaics.

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Their passion for craftsmanship and beauty prompted Sir Arthur Gilbert (1913-2001) and his first wife Rosalinde (1913-2001) to acquire the very best objects in their collecting areas. Always intended for the public, the V&A has been the home of this collection since 2008.

Exploring Gilbert Collection

Photo of Gold and enamel beaker, 1600 – 25, Northern Europe. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.28-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Gold and enamel beaker, 1600 – 25, Northern Europe. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.28-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Agate snuffbox, about 1750, Germany. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.398-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Agate snuffbox, about 1750, Germany. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.398-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Micromosaic view of Tivoli near Rome, Giovanni Morelli, about 1825, Rome, Italy. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.226-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Micromosaic view of Tivoli near Rome, Giovanni Morelli, about 1825, Rome, Italy. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.226-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Micromosaic plaque with The Doves of Pliny, Giacomo Raffaelli, 1801, Rome, Italy. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.194:1-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Micromosaic plaque with The Doves of Pliny, Giacomo Raffaelli, 1801, Rome, Italy. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.194:1-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Enamel miniature of George Washington, Henry Pierce Bone, 1825, England. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.230-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Enamel miniature of George Washington, Henry Pierce Bone, 1825, England. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.230-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Silver ewer (detail), marked Paul de Lamerie, 1742 – 3, London. Museum no. Loan: Gilbert.721:1-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Silver ewer (detail), marked Paul de Lamerie, 1742 – 3, London. Museum no. Loan: Gilbert.721:1-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Snuffbox associated with King Frederick II of Prussia, after a design by Jean Guillaume Krüger, about 1765, Berlin, Germany. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.414-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Snuffbox associated with King Frederick II of Prussia, after a design by Jean Guillaume Krüger, about 1765, Berlin, Germany. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.414-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Tiara with pietre dure panels, about 1808, Naples or Florence. Museum no. Loan: Gilbert.167-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tiara with pietre dure panels, about 1808, Naples or Florence. Museum no. Loan: Gilbert.167-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Cabinet and base, 1600 – 50, panels: Florence, cabinet: Northern Europe. Museum no. Loan: Gilbert.105:1-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Cabinet and base, 1600 – 50, panels: Florence, cabinet: Northern Europe. Museum no. Loan: Gilbert.105:1-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Falcon cup, about 1600, Germany. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.61:1, 2-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Falcon cup, about 1600, Germany. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.61:1, 2-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Enamel miniature of Queen Charlotte, Johann Heinrich Hurter, 1781, England. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.242-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Enamel miniature of Queen Charlotte, Johann Heinrich Hurter, 1781, England. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.242-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Snuffbox in the shape of a lion, Moulinie, Bautte & Cie, 1804 – 9, Geneva. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.1047-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Snuffbox in the shape of a lion, Moulinie, Bautte & Cie, 1804 – 9, Geneva. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.1047-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Hunting cup with sleeping dog, 1480 – 90, Venice. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.544-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Hunting cup with sleeping dog, 1480 – 90, Venice. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.544-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Snuffbox, about 1765, Berlin, Germany. Loan:Gilbert.412-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Snuffbox, about 1765, Berlin, Germany. Loan:Gilbert.412-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Photo of Octagonal tabletop with a micromosaic depicting Apollo, 1861 – 90, probably Rome. Loan:Gilbert.120:1-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Octagonal tabletop with a micromosaic depicting Apollo, 1861 – 90, probably Rome. Loan:Gilbert.120:1-2008. © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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