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The Holburne Museum

Beadwork Basket English Glass HOL001

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Help us acquire this important basket

The Holburne's collection is the beating heart of the Museum, so we are seeking your support to buy this quite extraordinary basket made entirely from thousands of tiny glass beads.

This is the perfect Holburne object: exquisitely made, historically fascinating, irresistibly charming and slightly mad. Made in England in the seventeenth century it has much in common with our wonderful collection of seventeenth-century embroideries, but where they have faded, here the glass beads retain their astonishingly vibrant colours. There are a few other such baskets in existence, but none are as splendid as this example and none, that we know, have the glass heads and hands of the king and queen at its centre.

We need your support to raise around £6,000 for this exceptional object to become a permanent part of our collection. Can you help us?

The Holburne Museum urgently needs to raise funds to permanently acquire this basket and for other charitable projects. Thank you for your support.

Image: Beadwork basket English Glass, coral and wooden beads, lampwork, fine wire About 1670 46 x 33 x 13 cm

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