I wrote recently about our visit to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. You can find the first part here. Today, I have the rest of the things that we saw to show you!
There was a lot of china on display - many cabinets filled like this. While it isn't necessarily to my taste, I do admire the work that was put into it. This sort of hand painted work just isn't produced like this any more.
One of the things that I did really like though was this wonderful plate showing these squirrels. It is in lustre ware which shimmers beautifully in the light.
These delft tiles are beautiful. Many years ago I had a fireplace that was surrounded by tiles that were similar to these. I wish that I had taken more time to appreciate them!
One of my favourite things is the work of William De Morgan. He was a designer and potter among other things, and lived and worked in the 1800's and early 1900's. De Morgan was the most important Arts and Crafts potter, and produced a lot of tile works. You can often recognise the incredible blue and green colours that he used.
There were also some other things that were not the sort of thing that we would have in our homes nowadays. The centrepiece above would not be on display in many homes now, far to intricate for most tastes.
The slipware platter below dates from 1670, it is made by sort of piping the designs on with coloured slip - which is very liquid clay. It was made in Staffordshire by Thomas Toft.
Although I wasn't sure what to expect in the Ashmolean, I knew that it had a good collection of silver, so we went to have a look! There were so many incredible pieces. Mostly very large items and with a lot of detail on each piece.
Some were much plainer though, as the tankards and chalices above show. Sorry it isn't a very good picture, they were very high up!
There were also lots of smaller pieces though too. Such as this wonderful cameo carved shell that had been mounted in silver to make a box.
There was also an incredible collection of pocket watches. All sorts of sizes, shapes and designs. The ones above were really big, several inches across. I guess that they were either for presentation or as use as clocks.
These flasks are French, and date from 1420 - 1440.
These two vessels below really show amazing work don't they. It is hard to believe that they are metal. They date from about 1660 and come from London.
One of the tiniest items was this little set of breakfast items. Each piece was about an inch high!
All of the pieces below are part of the Treby Toilet Service and date from 1724 and were made by Paul De Lamerie a very famous silversmith. Originally they were made for Charity Treby and show the Treby coat of arms. When new they cost £377.00 13 shillings and 10 pence. Don't you love how that is so precise!
The word "Toilet" in the 18th Century referred to accessories for dressing and makeup and is derived from the French word Toile which was a cloth that would have covered the dressing table and mirror.
Corpus Christi College, founded in 1517 by Bishop Richard Fox has preserved a remarkable group of late medieval and renaissance gold and silver pieces. Below is Bishop Fox's Crozier it was made in London in about 1501 and is made of silver gilt and enamel. The Crozier is the symbol of a Bishop which is still used today - although they tend to be a lot less ornate!
Finally a couple of statues that I photographed when we first arrived. Hubby liked these two as he thought that they probably both had rather bad headaches! I will say no more than that!
I would definitely recommend a visit to The Ashmolean and if I was in Oxford I would return again, so if you are ever there, it is well worth stopping by!