The Gilbert Collection at LACMA


The Gilbert Collection at LACMA

Ahmanson Building, Level 3

The Gilbert Collection, one of the most prestigious collections of decorative arts ever assembled, comprises more than eight hundred extraordinary works acquired over the course of forty years, beginning in the 1960s. Through the generosity of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation and Lady Marjorie Gilbert, and with collegial support from the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents fifty works from the Collection, including outstanding gold and silver, Italian mosaics, and gold boxes. These pieces are installed with LACMA’s permanent collection of European decorative arts, paintings and sculptures on the third floor of the Ahmanson Building. 

More on the Collection's history

Image: Filippo della Valle (Italy, Florence, 1698 - 1768) , Luigi Falcini (Italy, Campie, 1794 - 1861) , Angiolo Falcini (Italy, Campie, 1801 - 1850). Table, circa 1850. Furniture, Scagliola, ebony, marble, marquetry of various woods, mother-of-pearl, a-c) Overall: 33 1/2 x 52 5/8 x 32 1/8 in. (85.09 x 133.67 x 81.6 cm). Long-term loan from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (L.2010.9.2a-c). Decorative Arts and Design Department.

Thomas Pitts, Epergne, 1763-1764
Gold Boxes
Snuffbox with Hector, c. 1780
Italian Mosaics
Johann Christian Neuber, Notebook, circa 1800
Mounted Porcelain
Pierre-Philippe Thomire, Pair of Vases, 1788

Serving in Style on Three Continents

Bursting forth from all sides with entwined serpents, ancient fertility goddesses, and winged lions, this magnificent work by London silversmith Paul Storr vividly expresses Britain’s interest in ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian designs in the early nineteenth century...