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The Silver Swan

The Silver Swan

Silver & Metals

1773

The Silver Swan

A mechanical automaton, made in about 1773 in the workshop of James Cox of London, a silversmith and dealer.

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THE TEARS OF ST PETER BY EL GRECO

THE TEARS OF ST PETER BY EL GRECO

Fine Art

THE TEARS OF ST PETER BY EL GRECO

This painting was purchased by John Bowes in 1869 from the collection of the Conde de Quinto, on the advice of his dealer, Gogué. Bowes was not keen on the artist and El Greco’s work was not much appreciated at...

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Cabinet for Botanical Specimens

Cabinet for Botanical Specimens

Furniture

Cabinet for Botanical Specimens

Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore and grandmother of John Bowes, was a keen collector of plants; this cabinet was made to house her collection.

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A Miracle of the Eucharist

A Miracle of the Eucharist

Fine Art

c1423- c1426

A Miracle of the Eucharist

This painting came from the lowest section, or predella, of the altarpiece which was commissioned from Sassetta by the Wool-Merchants Guild of Siena, the Arte della Lana.

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Salviati- Murano Vase, Venice

Salviati- Murano Vase, Venice

Ceramics and Glass

1867

Salviati- Murano Vase, Venice

Venetian glass has enjoyed enormous status in Europe from medieval times to the 19th century. Venice had a virtual monopoly on the making of domestic glass into the 17th century, and glass workers were not allowed outside the Venetian district...

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Evening Dress 1930-1935

Evening Dress 1930-1935

Fashion & Textiles

1930-1935

Evening Dress 1930-1935

In 1931 Vogue coined the phrase ‘poured in’ to describe the newly fashionable bias-cut shape. The elegant fit of this crepe, silk-satin sheath dress is indicative of this look. The long bias-cut panels cling to the natural curves of the...

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Worcester Teapot – Ludlow Collection

Worcester Teapot – Ludlow Collection

Ceramics and Glass

c. 1760

Worcester Teapot – Ludlow Collection

The Lady Ludlow collection, gift of the Art Fund 2004. This teapot is made with a double wall of porcelain on the teapot and cover.

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Beach scene at low tide, Boudin

Beach scene at low tide, Boudin

Fine Art

Beach scene at low tide, Boudin

This beach is on the Normandy coast. Boudin established his reputation as a fashionable painter with atmospheric open-air works like this, in which he observes the manners and dress of the uppers classes.

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Italian Regatta on the Grand Canal

Italian Regatta on the Grand Canal

Fine Art

Italian Regatta on the Grand Canal

This scene portrays the Regatta Carnival that was held each year on the 2nd February.

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Eugenie bodice

Eugenie bodice

Fashion & Textiles

Eugenie bodice

Often dresses had two bodices to match a skirt. The jacket style for daywear has pagoda sleeves, whereas for evening, the short, pointed bodice has short sleeves and a lower décolletage.

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Gibside watercolours, Turner

Gibside watercolours, Turner

Fine Art

Gibside watercolours, Turner

This watercolour with its pendant, a view from the south, was acquired directly from the artist by the tenth Earl of Strathmore, father of John Bowes.

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Interior of a prison, Goya (c 1746 - 1828 )

Interior of a prison, Goya (c 1746 - 1828 )

Fine Art

c 1793-4

Interior of a prison, Goya (c 1746 - 1828 )

Under a gloomy archway are seven prisoners with hands and feet bound by heavy chains.

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Josephines Portrait, Antoine Dury

Josephines Portrait, Antoine Dury

Fine Art

1850

Josephines Portrait, Antoine Dury

Joséphine Bowes sits at a table on which rest the text of several plays in which she appeared when an actress at the Théâtre des Variétés on the boulevard Montmartre in Paris under the stage name Mademoiselle Delorme. Her dog,...

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Lace Collar

Lace Collar

Fashion & Textiles

Lace Collar

The Blackborne Collection was donated to the Museum by descendants of the Blackborne family in 2007.

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Marquetry cabinet, Boulle

Marquetry cabinet, Boulle

Furniture

Marquetry cabinet, Boulle

This cabinet was designed to display the remarkable central panel which is almost certainly the work of André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732).

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Mechanical mouse

Mechanical mouse

Silver & Metals

Mechanical mouse

Bought by Josephine Bowes from the London dealer P. Albert for £22 on 12 May 1871, when the couple were in London, sheltering from the siege of Paris.

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Meissen scent bottle

Meissen scent bottle

Ceramics and Glass

c.1760-70

Meissen scent bottle

Josephine Bowes was determined to form a comprehensive collection of European porcelain. Meissen near Dresden was the first factory to make true ‘hard-paste’ porcelain like the Chinese. It continues to be one of the few factories supported direct by the...

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Nevers Plate

Nevers Plate

Ceramics and Glass

Nevers Plate

One of a pair of plates, each circular, flat with flaring rim terminating in a wavy edge.

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Portrait of a Parisienne, P.Helleu (1859-1927)

Portrait of a Parisienne, P.Helleu (1859-1927)

Fine Art

c.1887-90

Portrait of a Parisienne, P.Helleu (1859-1927)

Paul-César Helleu trained as a painter and entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, in 1870, but quickly formed a group of close friends amongst advanced artists such as Degas, Whistler, Alfred Stevens, Boldini and Sargent.

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Portrait of Melendez Valdes, Goya (c 1746 - 1828)

Portrait of Melendez Valdes, Goya (c 1746 - 1828)

Fine Art

Portrait of Melendez Valdes, Goya (c 1746 - 1828)

This portrait was executed by Francisco de Goya in 1797 and, as the inscription indicates, it is dedicated to ‘his friend’ Juan Antonio Meléndez Valdés, who is here dexterously depicted by the artist.

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The Building

The Building

Archaeology

The Building

The museum is unique in Britain as being a French designed museum set in its own designed park, providing a distinctive French accent to the North of England!

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The Last Communion of St Raymond Nonnatus, Francisco Pacheco, 1611

The Last Communion of St Raymond Nonnatus, Francisco Pacheco, 1611

Fine Art

1611

The Last Communion of St Raymond Nonnatus, Francisco Pacheco, 1611

The painting is one of a series of ten canvases produced by Pachereo and Alonso Vazquez for the cloister of the Merced Calzada Convent in Seville commissioned in 1600.

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Evening Gown by Madeleine Vionnet, Model 4763, February 1934

Evening Gown by Madeleine Vionnet, Model 4763, February 1934

Fashion & Textiles

Evening Gown by Madeleine Vionnet, Model 4763, February 1934

Pale pink silk chiffon printed with a purple and red poppy design, bias-cut, with a purple silk satin sash at waist. Pale pink under-slip of crêpe de chine and chiffon.

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Portrait of a Lady, Joshua Reynolds

Portrait of a Lady, Joshua Reynolds

Fine Art

1760

Portrait of a Lady, Joshua Reynolds

This portrait of an unknown lady was purchased by John Bowes in 1840

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Fray José Sigüenza, Carducho, Bartolomé

Fray José Sigüenza, Carducho, Bartolomé

Fine Art

1603

Fray José Sigüenza, Carducho, Bartolomé

The friar of the Order of Saint Jerome represented in this portrait was an expert in Arabic manuscripts and a counsellor to King Philip II of Spain.

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Alterpiece, Master of St. Gudule (c.1460-c.1480)

Alterpiece, Master of St. Gudule (c.1460-c.1480)

Fine Art

Furniture

1460 - 1480

Alterpiece, Master of St. Gudule (c.1460-c.1480)

Altarpieces were often made in many parts, combining both painting and carving, and were magnificently decorated.

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The Dragon Slayer: Hendrick Jacob Hoet’s Perseus and Andromeda, 1720

The Dragon Slayer: Hendrick Jacob Hoet’s Perseus and Andromeda, 1720

Fine Art

1720

The Dragon Slayer: Hendrick Jacob Hoet’s Perseus and Andromeda, 1720

Hendrick Jacob Hoet (c.1693-1733) provides this small oil and panel painting from the Dutch school.

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Sevres Porcelain

Sevres Porcelain

Ceramics and Glass

1758

Sevres Porcelain

Small in scale and delicate in decoration, these individual items suited Josephine’s taste and purse.

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Still Life with Asparagus, Artichokes, Lemons and Cherries, Blas de Ledesma (active 1602 - 1614)

Still Life with Asparagus, Artichokes, Lemons and Cherries, Blas de Ledesma (active 1602 - 1614)

Fine Art

Still Life with Asparagus, Artichokes, Lemons and Cherries, Blas de Ledesma (active 1602 - 1614)

Active in Granada in the first decade of the 17th century, Ledesma is considered one of the pioneering artists of still life painting in Spain. There is little information on his life and career, but he was recorded as a...

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Tobias restoring His Father's Sight, Antonio Pereda y Salgado (c 1611 – 1678.)

Tobias restoring His Father's Sight, Antonio Pereda y Salgado (c 1611 – 1678.)

Fine Art

1652

Tobias restoring His Father's Sight, Antonio Pereda y Salgado (c 1611 – 1678.)

The subject is taken from the Apocryphal Book of Tobit. Tobias restores his father's sight with the help of the Archangel Raphael, observed by his mother Anna.

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Chinese Porcelain Figurines C.1700

Chinese Porcelain Figurines C.1700

Ceramics and Glass

Chinese Porcelain Figurines C.1700

Chinese porcelain was hugely popular and prestigious in 17th and 18th century Europe. It was durable, vitrified [glass-like] and [if thin enough] translucent. It could withstand boiling water for the new fashions of tea- and coffee-drinking.

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Day Dress 1874

Day Dress 1874

Fashion & Textiles

1874

Day Dress 1874

Donated in 1962 by a Miss O.E Brackenbury so not part of the Founders collection.

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Fruit et Fleur, Henri Fantin Latour

Fruit et Fleur, Henri Fantin Latour

Fine Art

1866

Fruit et Fleur, Henri Fantin Latour

Signed and dated 1866 This is a lively and fresh-looking still life.

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Local Pottery ‘Bowes For ever’ Mug

Local Pottery ‘Bowes For ever’ Mug

Ceramics and Glass

1830 - 1834

Local Pottery ‘Bowes For ever’ Mug

The inscription presumably refers to one of John Bowes' electioneering campaigns during his time in Parliament 1832-49.

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Maiolica Dish

Maiolica Dish

Ceramics and Glass

1577

Maiolica Dish

Maiolica or tin-glazed earthenware was made in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries and is often painted with scenes after Raphael or Michaelangelo.

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Sisley Port-Marly under Snow, Alfred Sisley

Sisley Port-Marly under Snow, Alfred Sisley

Fine Art

Sisley Port-Marly under Snow, Alfred Sisley

In this painting Sisley features the riverboats and barges on the Seine at Port-Marly.

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Piercebridge Face Urn

Piercebridge Face Urn

Ceramics and Glass

Roman

Piercebridge Face Urn

Human faces are often found in Roman pottery, some of these containers contained cremations.

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Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte of France (1778–1851), Duchesse d'Angoulême by Antoine-Jean Gros (1771–1835)

Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte of France (1778–1851), Duchesse d'Angoulême by Antoine-Jean Gros (1771–1835)

Fine Art

1817

Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte of France (1778–1851), Duchesse d'Angoulême by Antoine-Jean Gros (1771–1835)

Antoine-Jean Gros (16 March 1771 – 25 June 1835), titled as Baron Gros in 1824,was a French painter who produced history and neoclassical painting.

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Pair of Cats, Emile Galle

Pair of Cats, Emile Galle

Ceramics and Glass

1898 - 1902

Pair of Cats, Emile Galle

It is not generally realised that the great French ceramicist Emile Gallé made much innovative pottery as well as his more famous ‘Art Nouveau’ cameo glass...

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Portrait of a Dog

Portrait of a Dog

Fine Art

19th Century

Portrait of a Dog

It is uncertain whether this is indeed by Joséphine Bowes, the co-founder of the Bowes Museum.

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Ceramic Tiger

Ceramic Tiger

Ceramics and Glass

17th or 18th Century

Ceramic Tiger

This tiger is a rare model, but somewhat crude in modelling, and not suitable for the decoration of the Imperial palaces in Beijing.

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Mme Bigottini as a Bacchante, Jacques Antoine c1760-1831 Vallin

Mme Bigottini as a Bacchante, Jacques Antoine c1760-1831 Vallin

Fine Art

1817

Mme Bigottini as a Bacchante, Jacques Antoine c1760-1831 Vallin

Emilie Bigottini (1785-1858), a famous ballerina, is depicted here assuming the role of Bacchante with grapes in her hair and a leopard skin over her shoulders.

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The Martyrdom of St Andrew, Luis Tristán de Escamilla (c 1585 - 1624)

The Martyrdom of St Andrew, Luis Tristán de Escamilla (c 1585 - 1624)

Fine Art

17th Century

The Martyrdom of St Andrew, Luis Tristán de Escamilla (c 1585 - 1624)

Saint Andrew was one of Christ's disciples. He is usually identified by the x-shaped cross, or saltire, on which he was martyred.

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Landscape with cows and figures, Léon Victor Dupré (1816-1879)

Landscape with cows and figures, Léon Victor Dupré (1816-1879)

1864

Landscape with cows and figures, Léon Victor Dupré (1816-1879)

Dupré (1816-1879) was part of the Barbizon School and painted mostly genre scenes and landscapes.

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Sewing Companion

Sewing Companion

Fashion & Textiles

Sewing Companion

Object: CST.957 sewing companion

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Pair of covered jugs, c. 1760 (Qianlong period, 1735-95)

Pair of covered jugs, c. 1760 (Qianlong period, 1735-95)

Ceramics and Glass

c 1735-95

Pair of covered jugs, c. 1760 (Qianlong period, 1735-95)

Porcelain, painted in underglaze blue and overglaze blue, iron-red, pink, turquoise and yellow enamels, height 38.5cms

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Pattern plate, c1810

Pattern plate, c1810

Ceramics and Glass

c 1810

Pattern plate, c1810

This ‘pattern’ plate may not have been made in Paris, but it is decorated with a variety of designs by a Parisian china painter and his workshop.

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John Bowes, Esq, Jacques-Eugène Feyen (1815 - 1908)

John Bowes, Esq, Jacques-Eugène Feyen (1815 - 1908)

Fine Art

1863

John Bowes, Esq, Jacques-Eugène Feyen (1815 - 1908)

John Bowes, the founder of the Bowes Museum, is sitting on a boulder with game lying at his side.

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François Bonvin (1817-1887), Self-portrait,  1847

François Bonvin (1817-1887), Self-portrait, 1847

Fine Art

1847

François Bonvin (1817-1887), Self-portrait, 1847

Bonvin was a prominent artist in the French Realist movement during the mid-to-late nineteenth century.

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