War fan

War fan

War fan Japanese, late 18th centuryLacquered wood and paper with gold leaf and a silk cord In premodern Japan, fans were used in daily life for keeping cool in the summer as well as for traditional dance performances. They were a key accessory, usually worn tucked...
Portrait of Henry Benedict

Portrait of Henry Benedict

Portrait of Henry Benedict Stuart Painted in the style of Maurice Quentin de La Tour18th centuryOil on canvas This painting was purchased by Denys Eyre Bower from Christie’s auction house on 13th April 1962. It was painted in the style of Maurice Quentin de La...
Bust of a King

Bust of a King

Black basalt bust  Maker unknownModern, around 1910 - 1930 In the style of an Egyptian bust of the mid-18th dynasty Our choice for Object of the Month for May is an unusual one. Believed to be a highly valuable and important ‘bust of a king’ by its last owner Denys...
Thangka

Thangka

Thangka (Tibetan hanging) Maker unknownTibetan, 18th centuryPainted cotton and silk brocade Our Object of the Month for May is this Tibetan Buddhist thangka - a painted cloth and silk brocade hanging depicting a Buddhist deity. Ready for our reopening on Sunday May...
Cockerel vase

Cockerel vase

Cockerel vase Signed YoshiakiJapanese, 19th centurySilver, lacquer, inlaid with coral, ivory, bone, and shell in the Shibayama style This colourful vase with the head and tail of a cockerel is our Object of the Month for April. It was decorated using many different...
Avalokiteshvara

Avalokiteshvara

Twenty-five armed Avalokiteshvara Maker unknownSino-Tibetan, 18th century Gilt-bronze Our Object of the Month for February is this impressive statue of the bodhisattva of compassion, Avalokiteshvara. It was cast and carved in bronze and covered in gold....