The Victoria and Albert Museum opened on 11th October a new exhibition entirely devoted to the garnitures and their influence on interior design. As it is explained in the video below, garnitures “are sets of vases or other ceramic vessels used to embellish or garnish the interior and express the wealth and taste of the owners.”.
Also called “mantel garnitures’, they were used as a fireplace decoration during the summer months. It is documented that garnitures were among the range of products offered by a number of potteries in Delft since the late seventeenth century. Amongst the highlights of the exhibition, a magnificent Delft three-piece cabinet garniture from about 1695 is displayed.
Until 30 April 2017, the visitor can admire extremely rare examples from thirteen different National Trust Houses. For more information, please click here.