Colonel Robert Smith and Redcliffe Towers

Colonel Robert Smith and Redcliffe Towers

The eccentric building Redcliffe Towers, built on the edge of a cliff in Devon, is now a well-known landmark in the town of Paignton.  It…

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New Case Study: Ivory Furniture

New Case Study: Ivory Furniture

The Afterlife of Objects: Anglo-Indian Ivory Furniture in Britain The term ‘ivory’ describes the teeth or tusks of elephants and other mammals, including the Asiatic…

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New Case Study: The Scarth Family of London and Ilford

New Case Study: The Scarth Family of London and Ilford

An Intangible Legacy: The Scarth Family of London and Ilford   The Scarths of London and Ilford were a family with two generations of trade…

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New Case Study: Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire

New Case Study: Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire

Aberglasney was purchased at the turn of the 19th century by an East India Company man, Thomas Philipps (c.1749-1824). The Aberglasney case study highlights the…

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New Case Study: Middleton Hall, Carmarthenshire

New Case Study: Middleton Hall, Carmarthenshire

Towards the end of the eighteenth century (c.1789), the Middleton Hall estate in the parish of Llanarthney, Carmarthenshire, south-west Wales was purchased by a former…

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New Case Study: The Welshpool Gold Cup

New Case Study: The Welshpool Gold Cup

Written by Andrew Renton, Head of Applied Art at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, this case study examines a remarkable gold communion cup belonging…

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New Case Study: Fanny Parks: her ‘Grand Moving Diorama of Hindostan’, her Museum, and her Cabinet of Curiosities

New Case Study: Fanny Parks: her ‘Grand Moving Diorama of Hindostan’, her Museum, and her Cabinet of Curiosities

Studies of collecting as a phenomenon, from the age of the ‘cabinet of curiosity’ to the present, have focused overwhelmingly on male collectors – men…

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New Case Study: The Willow Pattern: Dunham Massey

New Case Study: The Willow Pattern: Dunham Massey

Unlike other ‘objects studies’ featured in the East India Company At Home 1757-1857 project, this case study focuses on a specific ceramic ware pattern rather…

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