“Aesthetic” or “Patience” Teapot

The Aesthetic or Patience teapot is renowned as the ultimate parody of Aesthetic sensibilities. This small teapot features characters from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta Patience, which premiered in 1881. Royal Worcester chose that form after critics hailed an Asian teapot as perfect design—an example they suggested people should “Live up to it!” The teapot […]

Murder of King Edward the Martyr at Corfe Castle

This rare work, one of just three known by the artist, is the only English sculpture from this period in the Museum’s collection. In 978, King Edward’s jealous stepmother had him killed so that her own son could ascend to the throne. As the king approaches the walled gate on horseback and leans to drink, […]