The Burrell Collection Top 30 Highlights
Originally from the Royal window at Canterbury Cathedral, this panel representing the daughter of Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville is one of the finest examples of late 1400s stained glass.
England (place of manufacture); England, Kent, Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral (place of use)View
The Red Ballet Skirts, Edgar Degas
In this vivid pastel, three tired dancers are waiting in the wings during a performance. They are resting and stretching, adjusting their pointe shoes or arching their weary backs.
Paris, France (place made)View
Ming Dynasty, Hongwu period, 1368-1398
This extremely rare Hongwu period Meiping vase shows a five-clawed dragon above magic fungus-shaped clouds. The characters on it, Chun Shou, mean ‘Spring longevity’.
China, Jingdezhen (place of manufacture); China, Kaifeng (place found)View
Girl on Bicycle, Joseph Crawhall
Crawhall shows his sister Beatrice on her bike with the family dachshund Fritz desperately trying to keep up. Cycling became popular among women in the 1890s with the invention of the safety bike.View
Fragment from the 'Temple Pyx'
Once believed to be part of a ‘pyx’ (a type of religious container), this unique piece is now thought to have formed part of a book cover, shrine or reliquary.
Germany (possibly) (place of manufacture); England (possibly) (place of manufacture)View
Portrait of Edmond Duranty, Edgar Degas
Duranty was an art critic and novelist, as well as Degas’ friend. He is shown seated in his study, surrounded by the books which were the tools of his trade.
France, Paris (place made)View
The Thinker, Auguste Rodin
One of the world’s most recognisable sculptures, The Thinker sits with furrowed brow, coiled like a spring. His tense pose suggests the power and weight of human thought.
France (place of manufacture)View
Set of Steeple Cups
Steeple cups, named after the spire-like finial decoration, were often used for ceremonial display on the dining table. This is a particularly fine set of three.
England, London (place of manufacture)View
Found in the villa of the Emperor Hadrian outside Rome, the Warwick Vase was restored and gifted to the Earl of Warwick in 1774. Later it found a home in The Burrell Collection.
Italy, Tivoli (place of manufacture)View
Figure of a Luohan
Ming Dynasty, 1484
The ‘Meditating Luohan’ is a life-size sculpture from the Ming dynasty. It belongs to a group of figures from the same temple that are inscribed with their maker’s name – Liu Zhen.
China, Shanxi province (place of manufacture)View