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

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Five-piece Imari-style garniture, about 1700–20, porcelain, Arita, Hizen province, Japan. Dunham Massey, Cheshire: NT 929278, 929298, 929331. © National Trust Images. Photograph: Robert Morris
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Three-piece ‘Hamilton’ vases, about 1770–80, black basalt, Wedgwood and Bentley, Etruria, Staffordshire, England. Saltram, Devon: NT 870783, 870785. © National Trust Images. Photograph: Robert Morris
Five-piece chimney garniture, about 1804–7, soft-paste porcelain, Barr, Flight and Barr factory, Worcester, England. Blickling Hall, Norfolk: NT 353347, 353348, 353349. © National Trust Images. Photograph: Robert Morris

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Garnitures: Vase Sets from National Trust Houses

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