This morning, I went off to visit the stunning Burrell Collection in Glasgow. In total there are some 8,000 objects which were assembled by a former shipping magnate names Sir William Burrell. This unique and wide-ranging collection was donated to the City of Glasgow by Sir William and Lady Burrell in 1944. The collection comprises paintings, sculpture, tapestries, ceramics, stained glass, furniture, silver, metalwork and objects d’art from many time periods.

The collection can be categorised as follows:

Ancient Civilisations: Art and objects from Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Greece, and Italy.

Oriental Art: Chinese ceramics, Chinese bronzes, Chinese furniture, Chinese jade and, Japanese prints.

Central Asian Embroideries.

Near Eastern Ceramics

Near Eastern Carpets

Medieval Europe: sculpture and church art, tapestries, stained glass, lace and domestic arts.

Decorative Arts: silver.

Arms and Armour

European Ceramics

Treen.

Glass

Needlework

Furniture

Paintings: early paintings, Dutch and British paintings, the Hague School, French paintings.

Prints and Drawings

Sculpture

Below is provided images of a selection of items from the Collection.

The Thinker by Rodin (Bronze).

Furniture from the 17th and 16th centuries.

Rhyton (drinking horn). This is 4th century BC and emanates from Southern Italy.

Official from Ming Dynasty-AD 1609.

Caucasian carpets-17th and 18th centuries AD

Kimberley Throne, English 1578. Velvet with applied gold and silver tissue.

Stained glass from Cathedral of Notre-Dame, about AD 1280.

Transplanted room from Hutton Castle, former residence of sir William Burrell.

Amphora from Greece dated 550 BC. Attic figure in black.

Warwick Vase. This is 2nd century AD Roman and was found at Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli.

Portal and door from Hornby Castle, Yorkshire. 16th century AD.


This is an excellent and world-class collection located in the south part of Glasgow. Entrance is free.

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