The Wallace Collection's hold of gold boxes, one of the finest and most important collections in the world, is here published in full, as part of the new series of scholarly catalogues of the Collection.
The 99 pieces catalogued represent a brilliant cross-section of the products of the finest European goldsmiths between c. 1730 and 1830. They include some remarkable boxes by the most famous makers in Paris, Dresden and Hanau.
This richly illustrated catalogue considerably advances our knowledge and appreciation of the Wallace Collection's gold boxes. Highlighting the important link between painting and goldsmith's work during the eighteenth century, it demonstrates that cold boxes, once considered merely rich men's toys, should be placed at the forefront of eighteenth-century decorative arts.
This catalogue will be an essential reference work for specialists and collections in the field, as well as appealing more broadly to students of fashion and luxury goods and to anyone interested in these exquisite works of art.