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Masterpieces in Miniature: Treasures from the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

26 February 2021

While some museums are closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Apollo’s usual weekly pick of exhibitions will include shows at institutions that are currently open as well as digital projects providing virtual access to art and culture.

Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert amassed more than 1,000 masterworks of European craftsmanship over the course of their lifetime, ranging from jewellery to snuff-boxes and from metalwork to mosaics. The collection is on long-term loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which has arranged this travelling exhibition of around 100 objets d’art from the collection, the first leg of which runs at DIVA in Antwerp from 5 March–15 August. Highlights  include a 16th-century goblet in the form of a partridge, made by the goldsmith Georg Rüel. Find out more from DIVA’s website. 

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Nautilus cup (c. 1585), England or Flanders.

Nautilus cup (c. 1585), England or Flanders. Photo: © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

The ‘Lafayette’ vase (c. 1830–35), Paris. Photo: © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection

‘Partridge’ cup (1598–1602), Jorg Rüel.

‘Partridge’ cup (1598–1602), Georg Rüel. Photo: © The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection