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DIVA Talk   

Masterpieces in Miniature: Insights from the Curators.     

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection, now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is one of the most significant collections of European decorative arts acquired privately in the twentieth century. Built up by an indefatigable couple over a forty-year-period, it comprises nearly 1,000 masterpieces – works created from precious metals, gold snuffboxes, enamel portraits and mosaics – chosen for their virtuosity, magnificence and rarity.   

With a spectacular presentation at DIVA, the museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver in Antwerp, the Masterpieces in Miniature exhibition offers a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in The Gilberts world of dazzling masterpieces.   

Join Alice Minter & Jessica Eddie, curators of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert collection and of the exhibition, for an evening lecture as they will share further insights on the fascinating collecting habits of the Gilberts and on some of the most iconic pieces of the collection.    


Alice Minter joined the V&A as Curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection in July 2018. Prior to that, she worked for 10 years at Sotheby’s London as specialist in silver and gold boxes. In March 2019, Alice opened her first display in the Gilbert Galleries entitled: Pietre Dure, highlights from the Gilbert Collection and has co-curated a new display:  Concealed Histories: Uncovering the story of Nazi Looting Art (V&A, December 2019 – June 2021).  


Jessica Eddie is the Assistant Curator of the Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collection. After studying at the Royal College of Art, London, she worked within the Furniture department of the V&A prior to her role in the Gilbert Collection. She has taken on major gallery projects within the museum, in the British Galleries and co-curated a re-display in the Gilbert Galleries in 2020. Jessica worked to deliver the Masterpieces in Miniature exhibition through the global pandemic and was instrumental in its curation and opening. 



  • Welcoming by Eva Olde Monnikhof, director of DIVA  
  • Introduction by Wim Nys, Head of collections & research DIVA  
  • Insights from the Curators by Alice Minter and Jessica Eddie, Curator and Assistant Curator of the Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Collection  
  • Questions by the audience moderated by DIVA   


Register for the DIVA talk via the link below. Thursday20th of May you will receive a link for the online event.  


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Insights from the Curators