Temple of Sun
Elizabeth Ratcliffe (Chester c.1735 - Liverpool c.1810)
Model; Temple of Sun - An 18th century model of the ruins of the Temple of Sun at Palmyra, in mother-of-pearl, by Elizabeth Ratcliffe; contained in a contemporary carved, gilt and glazed case on a carved and gilt stand in the full neo-classical tradition. The fluted frieze is punctuated by stiff acanthus leaves and an oval patera; the square tapering legs truncated at the tops, with acanthus 'capitals', applied with carved paterae, ribbons and husk garlands. The stand perhaps by Thomas Fentham. Fragment of label on the underside 'Ruins of the Temple of the Sun at Palymra E.R. 1773'.
Probably based on plate in Robert Wood's 'The Ruins'. Given by Phillip Yorke III (1905-1978) along with the estate, house and contents to the National Trust in 1973.
Marks and inscriptions
On the underside.: Ruins of the Temple of the Sun at Palymra E.R. 1773
Makers and roles
Elizabeth Ratcliffe (Chester c.1735 - Liverpool c.1810), maker