2012 Lord Raby's silver wine cistern

The sale of Lord Raby's cistern to a foreign buyer for £2.5million in July 2010 set an auction record for English silver plate. In view of its significance to the national heritage, however, the Culture Minister imposed a temporary export ban. This gave Leeds Museums and Galleries time to raise the funds to retain the work in the UK. A grant of £1.83million from NHMF was crucial to the success of this campaign. The cistern is now on display with other fine examples of silver plate of the same era at Temple Newsam, not far from Lord Raby's Yorkshire home at Wentworth Castle.