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White porcelain ‘moon jar’

This large porcelain jar was made in Korea during the Choson dynasty (ad 1392-1910). The plain white porcelain of the period represents the epitome of austere Confucian taste.
Armada service

THIS IS THE earliest known surviving set of English dining silver. It comprises 26 parcel gilt (partly gilt) dishes, each engraved on the rim with the arms of Sir Christopher Harris of Radford, Devon (about 1553-1625) and his wife, Mary Sydenham. The set is an important and unique survival; functional items of gold and silver of this date were more frequently melted down for their monetary value or made into newer, more fashionable pieces.
Water Newton treasure

This hoard contained nine silver vessels, a number of silver votive plaques, and a gold disc. It is thought that they were originally used in Christian worship and are the earliest such vessels yet found from the Roman empire. The form ot the handled cup resembles later Christian chalices and many of the objects bear the Chi Rho monogram, a symbol commonly used by early Christians.
Bronze gui

This imposing bronze vessel is a gui, a Chinese ritual vessel for food offerings used in the Shang and throughout the Zhou period. The inscription inside the gui tells that King Wu’s brother, Kang Hou (Duke of Kang), and Mei Situ were given territory in Wei (in Henan province) in recognition of their contribution to the Zhou state. The inscription can be dated because it refers to a Shang rebellion and its successful defeat by the Zhou.
Ringlemere gold cup

This crushed object is a rare gold cup that was made over 3500 years ago. The gold cup was found at Ringlemere in East Kent in 2001 and has been damaged by modern farming equipment. Subsequent excavation at the findspot has revealed a Bronze Age cemetery nearby. It could be that this cup was last used during a funerary ritual.
Royal gold cup

Тhis solid gold cup is lavishly decorated in translucent enamels with scenes relating to the life and miracles of St Agnes. It was given to King Charles VI of France (reigned 1380-1422) by his uncle Jean duc de Berry (1340-1416). It is possible that the Duc originally intended the cup for his brother Charles V, who was born on St Agnes’ day, 21 January, but who died before it was completed.
Palmerston gold chocolate cups

Сhocolate was brought to Europe by the Spanish after their conquest of the Aztec empire in 1521. It was an enormously expensive luxury, and only the richest in society could afford to drink it. This is the only known pair of chocolate cups made from gold. Most unusually, they are made from melted-down mourning rings, memorial objects that were normally passed down through families and kept as treasured mementoes.
William Hogarth (1697-1764), Gin Lane

Тhis print was produced as part of the 1750 campaign against the consumption of gin. Gin was the plague of London in the first half of the eighteenth century. It was said to be responsible for a falling birth rate and rising infant mortality. The campaign led to the Gin Act of 1751 which introduced licensing of retail premises and finally reduced consumption.
Basse-Yutz flagon

Тhis bronze flagon is one of a pair that is considered one of the finest examples of early La Tène art. They were made in eastern France but copy the shape of Etruscan vessels from northern Italy. Originally used for pouring drinks at feasts, the flagons were probably buried as grave-goods in a rich burial, which also included two large bronze jars made in Etruscan Italy.
Engraved glass ewer by the Cristalleries de Baccarat

Тhis virtuoso ewer was produced by the leading French glassworks, Cristalleries de Baccarat, envied across Europe for the purity of its crystal glass. It was made as a showpiece for the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1878, an event which heralded France’s recovery from the Franco-Prussian War (1871). Such exhibition showpieces were created by manufacturers from different countries to highlight their technical and artistic expertise.