Calling all Museums: Touring Highlights from The Courtauld Gallery’s Collection of Islamic Metalwork
The Courtauld Gallery’s important collection of Islamic inlaid brass-ware contains some of the finest examples of this intricate and refined craft.
Supported by the Art Fund, we are offering a fantastic opportunity to partner with The Courtauld and the Subject Specialist Network (SSN) for Islamic Art and Material Culture (hosted by Birmingham Museums). Partner Institutions will be able to develop their own unique display and learning programme around these beautiful objects, with support from a range of experts.
The Courtauld Gallery’s significant collection is comprised of Islamic metalwork ranging in date from the 13th to the 16th centuries. It was formed by one of the great Victorian art collectors, Thomas Gambier Parry (1816- 1888), to complement his acquisitions of precious medieval and early Renaissance paintings and decorative arts. Many of the best pieces in the collection have been on permanent display in The Courtauld Gallery since their bequest in 1966. But the metalwork has rarely left London, and never has such a large group of metalwork objects been brought together to be shown outside The Courtauld. The most spectacular piece in the collection is the Courtauld Bag, made in Mosul (present day northern Iraq) for a noble lady of the Persian-Mongol court, around 1300 -1330. It is one of the most splendid pieces of Islamic metalwork in the world, and its shape and function make it a unique object.
Highlights from this celebrated collection are available to tour to up to three host venue institutions in the UK between autumn 2019 and early 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity to create a unique display and learning programme around The Courtauld Gallery’s world class collection.
Applications close on 1 December 2018, 5pm.
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