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Our Heritage

Committed philanthropists, passionate art collectors and successful entrepreneurs.

Born and raised in England, the Gilberts immigrated to Los Angeles in 1949 and became real estate investors. They committed much of their time to significant charitable endeavors in Los Angeles and in Israel while assembling one of the world’s preeminent decorative arts collections.

In 1996, a year after Rosalinde passed away, Arthur donated to England their world renowned collection of snuff and decorative boxes, decorative gold and silver, micro-mosaics, Judaica and enamel miniatures. This collection, the most lavish gift ever given by a non-citizen to England, is housed at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Arthur Gilbert was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1999.

Upon Sir Arthur Gilbert’s death in 2001, a substantial portion of the Gilberts’ fortune was donated to The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation to continue their humanitarian and charitable work.

The Art Collections

The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Collections celebrate beautiful objects, many in precious materials, and often on a small scale.

The Collections are famous for European and British masterpieces including gold boxes, painted enamels and mosaics. Their passion for craftsmanship and beauty prompted Sir Arthur Gilbert and his first wife Rosalinde to acquire the very best objects in their collecting areas.

Always intended for the public, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has been the collections’ home since 2008, with some pieces on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.