Purificador, gold, Brazil, late 19th century.
Gold purificador consisting of a footed, tazza-like stand with a central hemispherical cup and cover similarly chased and surmounted by a baluster finial.
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.
The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection on loan to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Location: In Storage