Past Display Ran from 11 October 2016 to 30 April 2017

Garnitures: Vase Sets from National Trust Houses

Ornamental vase sets from National Trust houses chart the history of a ceramic phenomenon

The popularity of the garniture in 17th-century Europe influenced interior design, global trade and pottery manufacture. This display charted the history of this ceramic phenomenon, with rare surviving examples from 13 different National Trust houses

Display Highlights

Three-piece Kakiemon-style garniture from Dunham Massey, Cheshire, about 1680, porcelain, Arita, Hizen province, Japan. © National Trust. Photograph: Robert Morris

Three covered vases from Saltram, Devon, cream-coloured earthenware, 1767 – 69, Wedgwood factory, Etruria, Staffordshire, England. © National Trust. Photograph: Robert Morris

Five-piece Imari-style garniture from Dunham Massey, Cheshire, about 1700 – 20, porcelain, Arita, Hizen province, Japan. Dunham Massey, Cheshire. © National Trust. Photograph: Robert Morris

Covered pot-pourri vase from Upton House, Warwickshire, soft-paste porcelain, 1762 – 64, Chelsea factory, London, England. © National Trust. Photograph: Robert Morris

Pair of vases from Tatton Park, Cheshire, porcelain, about 1755, Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China. © National Trust. Photograph: Robert Morris

Three-piece cabinet garniture from Kingston Lacy, Dorset, tin-glazed earthenware, about 1695, Delft, the Netherlands. © National Trust. Photograph: Robert Morris

Three-piece ‘Hamilton’ vases from Saltram, Devon, about 1770 – 80, black basalt, Wedgwood and Bentley, Etruria, Staffordshire, England. © National Trust. Photograph: Robert Morris

Five-piece chimney garniture from Blickling Hall, about 1804 – 7, soft-paste porcelain, Barr, Flight and Barr factory, Worcester, England. © National Trust. Photograph: Robert Morris

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Garnitures: Vase Sets from National Trust Houses

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