Osterley Park, London
Originally a manor house, Osterley was re-created in the 18th century by Robert Adam for the Child banking family. It has exceptionally fine interiors and furnishings.Explore
The State Bed
This opulent bed is one of the original pieces of furniture designed for Osterley by Robert Adam.
Model of a Chinese sampan
Carved in ivory with great skill by an artisan of Guangzhou (Canton), China, one of a pair of impressive eighteenth century 'Royal Junks'.
Tapestry, Cupid and Psyche
Woven in Paris at the Manufacture des Gobelins, this is just one of an entire room full of tapestries, made to fit Robert Adam's designs.
Powis Castle, Powys
Standing in a commanding position, this medieval stronghold was extensively remodelled from the seventeenth century onwards. It has fine interiors and collections, spectacular terraces and gardens, and also the Clive Indian Museum.Explore
Ickworth's extraordinary architecture was commissioned by the Earl-Bishop Frederick Hervey in 1795. The Rotunda was inspired by the ancient monuments of Rome and originally designed to display treasures collected from Italy.Explore
Italian silver soup tureen
This splendid vessel is crowned by an ounce or snow leopard - the crest of the Hervey family.
Polesden Lacey, Surrey
Home to society hostess Margaret Greville from 1906 until 1942, Polesden Lacey is a Regency house with opulent Edwardian interiors. It was here that Mrs Greville entertained members of the royal family, politicians and other society elites on a lavish scale.Explore
Italian Renaissance maiolica
A tazza or wide dish made in brilliant colours originally for the Bishop of Urbino.
Wightwick Manor, West Midlands
Directly inspired by Oscar Wilde’s notion of ‘The House Beautiful’, this skilfully crafted manor house has elaborate Arts and Crafts interiors and furnishings and an important collection of Pre-Raphaelite art.Explore
Plate by William de Morgan
A fine example of the art of lustre decoration - a thin film of metal oxide being used in final firing to achieve a spectacular ruby finish.
Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
Hardwick Hall is a magnificent Eilzabethan mansion built for Bess of Hardwick. Constructed when glass was a luxury commodity, the façade of Hardwick Hall is noted for its high proportion of windows to stone.Explore
The Sea Dog table
Four carved winged dogs with fishes' tails support this elaborate table - and give it its distinctive name.
Mary Queen of Scots' bed
This restored bed is quite a puzzle. It has 19th-century black velvet with original 17th-century embroidery, but it is most likely that Mary Queen of Scots never slept in it.
Cotehele House, Cornwall
The house, with medieval origins, was owned by the Edgcumbe family for nearly six centuries. The Tudor layout of the hall, kitchen and chapel survives, beyond which a labyrinth of tapestry-clad rooms continues to enhance Cotehele’s romantic appeal.Explore
A Chinese porcelain tray painted with Roman deities. The picture is copied from a late Roman silver platter found in 1735 in the River Tyne and now in the British Museum.
A vambrace or mechanical arm, a defensive device for use by a man who has lost his left hand. Fingers and thumb can be locked to grip a sword.
Pre-pendulum Chapel Clock
Perhaps the earliest domestic clock in England to remain in its original position. It never had a clock face but struck the hour. It is still working today.
Mount Stewart, County Down
This neoclassical house was the Irish seat of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, Marquesses of Londonderry. Re-opened in 2015 after extensive restoration, it is one of the grandest stately homes in Northern Ireland. The spectacular gardens were created in the early 20th century by Lady Londonderry, the 7th Marchioness.Explore
Lady Frances Anne Emily Vane-Tempest, Marchioness of Londonderry (1800-1865) and her Son
Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA (Bristol 1769 – London 1830)
Congress of Vienna Chair
The most important of a set, used by Viscount Castlereagh at the Congress of Vienna, an international meeting held in 1814 following Napoleon's defeat.
Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire
Nostell Priory is an architectural masterpiece of the 18th-century built on the remains of a medieval monastery. Designed by the Palladian architect James Paine it has exceptional neoclassical interiors by Robert Adam.Explore
The Hongs Bowl
An 18th-century view of life in the trading warehouses of Guangzhou (Canton), China. The Stars and Stripes flag of the young America is shown, with just 13 stars.
Medal cabinet made by Thomas Chippendale for Sir Rowland Winn's collection of coins and medals.
Sizergh Castle, Cumbria
Sizergh’s impressive 14th-century solar tower was once a highly visible testament to the power of the Strickland family during the Middle Ages. The tower and hall were later extended into a fashionable Tudor residence, replete with spectacular Elizabethan interiors.Explore
Queen (Mary Beatrice d'Este) of Modena (1658 - 1718)
attributed to Alexis-Simon Belle (Paris 1674 – Paris 1734)
Prince Charles Edward Stuart 'The Young Pretender' (1720-1788)
after Jean Baptiste Lemoyne the younger (Paris 1704 – Paris 1778)
French writing table
A 'bonheur du jour' (meaning "daytime delight") - an 18th-century term for a lady's small writing table.
Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire
Dyrham was transformed from a Tudor house into the present baroque mansion by William Blathwayt, Secretary at War to William of Orange. Dyrham retains much of its original, 17th-century interiors and houses Blathwayt’s superb collection of Dutch art.Explore
A Dutch Tulip Vase
A Delftware tulip vase, this showpiece ornament would have been filled with tulips at a time when they were still rare and therefore highly prized and expensive.
A Still Life of Flowers and Fruit arranged on a Stone Plinth in a Garden
Cornelis de Heem (Leiden 1631 – Antwerp 1695)