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Friday 28 July 2023 – Splendours and Secrets of the Royal Collection

Lecturer: Jacky Klein

The UK’s Royal Collection contains over a million objects – paintings and works on paper, tapestries, furniture and jewels, photographs and decorative arts, carriages, weapons and armour, clocks and musical instruments, manuscripts and books. This talk reveals the dramatic histories, plots and intrigue of some of the most unexpected and spectacular objects that make up one of the world’s most important art collections. We’ll delve into the back stories of a tiara smuggled across revolutionary Europe, an Italian masterpiece accidentally rediscovered, the world’s most extravagant doll’s house, Fabergé eggs made for the Russian Imperial family, porcelain pheasants from China that once decorated Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, a royal coach containing precious fragments of the Mary Rose and Canterbury Cathedral, and a grasshopper wine cooler at the very cutting edge of modern design art.