Natsume

Natsume

Natsume (tea container) Maker unknown Japanese, 19th century Lacquerware Our choice for the Object of the Month this December was inspired by the colder weather. It is a gold lacquer tea container or natsume with a stylised design resembling falling snowflakes....
Unfinished Portrait of Charles II

Unfinished Portrait of Charles II

Unfinished portrait of Charles II Samuel Cooper (1609 - 1672) Early 1660s Watercolour on vellum (prepared animal skin), set in an oval brass frame with glass The Object of the Month for November is this miniature of Charles II, painted by the famous portrait artist...
Wrathful Guardian

Wrathful Guardian

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. Statue of Palden Lha-Mo Maker unknown Tibet, 19th century Gilt bronze with turquoise inlay This miniature gilt-bronze statue is an example of a Tibetan...
Picnic Set

Picnic Set

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this blog post, curator Naomi Collick discusses this luxurious Japanese lacquer picnic set.  Picnic Set Japanese Maker unknown 17th Century Lacquer...
Mummified Cat

Mummified Cat

The Object of the Month for August was chosen, researched, and written by our work experience student Freja Craik. Freja is studying for her A-Levels which include Art and History at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School. Mummified Cat Ancient Egyptian  Roman Egypt Period...
Coconut Cup

Coconut Cup

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this article, our curator Naomi focuses on this 17th century ‘coconut cup’ with Stuart imagery. Silver mounted ‘coconut cup’...