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new museum opens in london

updated fri 5 may 00


Janet Kaiser on thu 4 may 00

Anyone using pre 2000/2001 guidebooks and planning a visit to London, may =
to take note:

The Gilbert Collection (the gift of Sir Arthur Gilbert) opens to the public =
May 26th. This is a major new museum in the South Building of Somerset House=
The Strand, London. Three separate collections: English and Continental =
European gold snuff boxes (inc. 25 porcelain snuff boxes) and =
Italian mosaics and micromosaics, including three rare neo-classical vases
dating from 1795-1800 (probably made in the Vatican Mosaic Workshop).

A resident of California, born in England 1913, Sir Arthur began buying =
d'art in the 1960s and his collection is one of the most distinguished in =
world. When he heard of the plans for Somerset House including turning the =
court into a concert area, he chose the place as a home for his bequest. Sir
Arthur is also a founder of the Los Angeles Music Center and a =
philanthropist in
the arts, education and humanitarian causes.

Of further interest to ceramists, the collection also includes an example of
China Closet - specially designed rooms which originated in Holland in the =
century and installed in royal palaces all over Europe, to display silver or
gilt-bronze mounted oriental porcelain.

The Gilbert Collection
Somerset House
London WC2R 1LA
Tel: (020) 7240 4080
Open daily, 10 am to 6 p.m.
Admission: GBPounds 4

Janet Kaiser -wishing I lived nearer to London and all the goodies.
The Chapel of Art, Criccieth LL52 0EA, GB-Wales
Home of The International Potters Path
TEL: (01766) 523570