A selection of ceramics from the Lydiard House Collection will be on display from now until Sunday 29 March inside the State Rooms of Lydiard House. From grand teacups to humble beer bottles, visitors will see a selection of ceramics from Lydiard House's collection, including some items on public display for the very first time.
Sophie Cummings, Temporary Collections Manager at Lydiard House, said: “The aim of this new display is to shine a light on our fascinating collection of ceramics. You will see pieces from the family's dinner service, emblazoned with the St John family crest, a falcon beneath a Viscount's coronet and scratched and worn from everyday use.
Other pieces are highly decorative and include a stunning Chinese punch bowl, which would have been used on special occasions. Some pieces have classic floral decoration others, such as the display of ceramics in the Drawing Room cabinet, show the influence of Chinese and Japanese designs on English porcelain, with their dragon motifs and beautiful blue and red enamel designs and ornate gilding. We hope that visitors will enjoy seeing this selection of ceramics, displayed alongside the original family furnishings and portraits belonging to the St John family, who lived at Lydiard Park from Elizabethan times to the middle of the 20th Century”
Lydiard House is open Tuesdays to Sundays 11am to 4pm. Closed Mondays. Normal admission charge to the house applies – £3.50 adult, £3.00 senior and £1.75 junior, with discounts for Swindon Card holders. These ceramics will be on display until 29 March.