Object of the Month | “Chasing is a way of working the metal. Here a gold sheet as fine as paper, is worked from the front with hammers, in this case undoubtedly as small as pencils. It is a drawing brought to life in three-dimensions.” Alice Minter
Picked by Alice Minter, Curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Read more about this and our other #OOTM here: https://bit.ly/33thagv
This small snuffbox – only 7.7cm wide and 1.6cm high– embodies the art of the goldsmith at its utmost. Made exclusively of gold, the panel forming the lid is superbly chased with a scene from the Old Testament: Rebecca at the Well.
A Dutch gold snuffbox with Rebecca at the well, Louis Métayer (active 1730–74), probably chased by Philippe Métayer (1697–1763), Amsterdam, 1739.
© The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London