National Museums Scotland is delighted to announce that an exquisite vase from a set of four, designed by the gothic revival architect and designer William Burges (1827-81) for the Summer Smoking Room at Cardiff Castle has been saved for the nation.
Purchase of William Burges Vase
A grant of £145,000 was awarded to the National Museum of Scotland to acquire the fourth of four vases designed by William Burges for the Summer Smoking Room at Cardiff Castle. The other three vases are already in public ownership.
Last year NHMF provided a grant last year to Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales to acquire the third of these vases. Now the fourth and last of the set is also in public ownership it is hoped that they can be brought back together in the context of a future exhibition.
This vase is now displayed in the National Museum of Scotland’s Design for Living gallery, which explores art and design movements, technologies and ideas between 1851 and 1951.