The Royal Pavilion & Museums are pleased to announce a major collection of decorative art and furniture will return to the Royal Pavilion, loaned by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. The unique pieces from the Royal Collection will be displayed to the public in their original home for the first time next year.
Visitors to the Royal Pavilion, part of Brighton & Hove City Council will be able to see a range of beautiful items including porcelain pagodas originally placed in the Music Room, a Kylin Clock, an extraordinary extravaganza partly made in France and partly in England from Chinese and Japanese elements for the Saloon and the French designed Rock Clock from the Music Room. All the items were originally acquired by the Prince Regent, who later became King George IV, for his exotic Brighton residence.
The loan will be for two years while essential maintenance of Buckingham Palace takes place.
Keeper of the Royal Pavilion David Beevers said; “We are thrilled to have so many pieces which were commissioned by George IV for the Royal Pavilion to be on display here.
“They are beautiful items with a wonderful history linking them to the Pavilion. We are so grateful to Her Majesty for giving us this opportunity to display them in their original setting as they were nearly two hundred years ago.”
With his love of visual arts and fascination with the mythical orient, George IV set about lavishly furnishing and decorating his seaside home.
He especially chose Chinese ceramics mounted in France and England with gilt-bronze mounts, Chinese export porcelain and furniture, and English and European furniture in exotic styles.
His exquisite taste and opulent style can still be enjoyed in the spectacular rooms visited by over 350,000 people every year.
The contents of the Pavilion were moved to London by Queen Victoria in 1847, on the sale of the residence. The Royal Pavilion was sold to the Town of Brighton.
On the instruction of Prince Albert, many of the furnishings and fittings from the Royal Pavilion were incorporated into the new spaces at the Palace, particularly the Chinese-themed interiors of the Centre Room, the Yellow Drawing Room and the Chinese Dining Room. These rooms are used by the Royal family to host charitable events.
More than 3,000 works of art and items of functional furniture, all part of the Royal Collection will be removed this autumn from Buckingham Palace in preparation for maintenance work to begin next year.
Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the tourism, development and culture committee of Brighton & Hove Council said; “We are delighted to receive this generous loan from the Collection. I’m sure many of our residents and visitors to the city will be keen to see these splendid pieces in the ideal setting of the Royal Pavilion.”
Tim Knox, Director of the Royal Collection, also commented; “Decanting an entire wing of an historic building on the scale of Buckingham Palace is a huge undertaking and requires meticulous planning. We are delighted that up to 150 items will return on loan to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion next summer, so that visitors can enjoy these extraordinary works in their original home.”
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The Royal Pavilion
The Royal Pavilion was created for the Prince of Wales (later King George IV) in the early 19th century and is one of the most remarkable buildings in Europe.
Of exceptional and national importance, the royal palace attracts more than 350,000 visitors a year.
With the completion of the Saloon in September 2018, all three grand state rooms at the Royal Pavilion, which include the Banqueting Room and the Music Room reflect their original 1823 design scheme.
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Royal Collection Trust
Royal Collection Trust, a department of the Royal Household, is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of The Queen. Income generated from admissions and from associated commercial activities contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational programmes. Royal Collection Trust’s work is undertaken without public funding of any kind.
The Royal Collection is among the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. It comprises almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, and is spread among some 15 royal residences and former residences across the UK, most of which are regularly open to the public. The Royal Collection is held in trust by the Sovereign for her successors and the nation, and is not owned by The Queen as a private individual.
At The Queen’s Galleries in London and Edinburgh aspects of the Collection are displayed in a programme of temporary exhibitions. Many works from the Collection are on long-term loan to institutions throughout the UK, and short-term loans are frequently made to exhibitions around the world as part of a commitment to public access and to show the Collection in new contexts.
Explore the Royal Collection at www.rct.uk/collection