Jacobite tobacco box

Jacobite tobacco box

Silver tobacco box with portrait of James III Maker unknown18th century Silver, wood, pigment This small oval box would have been used to carry snuff, or tobacco powder which is inhaled. Concealed in the inside of the lid is a portrait of James Francis Edward Stuart...
Lacquer writing box

Lacquer writing box

Lacquer writing box  Maker unknownJapanese, 19th century Wood, gold and silver lacquer, mixed metal In celebration of our re-opening, our Object of the Month for August is this Japanese writing box decorated with a summer party scene. A group are having an evening...
Zeus-Serapis

Zeus-Serapis

Fragment of a statue of Zeus-Serapis   Maker unknown Ancient Egyptian, ca. 2nd century BC – 2nd century AD Terracotta Our Object of the Month for July is this small terracotta statue fragment of the god Zeus-Serapis, which is on display in our Egyptian Room. The...
Dance Mask

Dance Mask

Bugaku dance mask Wood, gold lacquer, paint, cord Japanese, 19th century With signature Once we are able to open again, you will spot this month’s object peering out from the new ‘cabinet of curiosities’ display in the Japanese Room. It is a gold lacquered mask made...
Box with wisteria

Box with wisteria

Cloisonné enamel box with wisteria design Maker unknown Japanese, late 19th or early 20th century Enamel, metal wire, brass Our Object of the Month for May is this small but beautiful Japanese cloisonné box with a design of blossoming wisteria. It fits into the palm...
Lacquer box with blossoms

Lacquer box with blossoms

Lacquer box with cherry blossom and inro Signed with red lacquer seal on the base ‘Yasuyuki’ Japanese, late 19th centuryRed and gold lacquer, shell, silver, ivory, bone, polished stone In celebration of Spring, April’s Object of the Month is this...