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DCMS: Minister seeks to save treasures for the nation

DCMS press release

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has today placed temporary export bars on three items of national importance, in order to allow the UK an opportunity to raise matching funds and acquire the work so it remains in the UK where it can be enjoyed by the public.

The three temporary export bars are:

1. A rare wall-mounted ivory cabinet, made for Thomas Brand MP around 1750, and is a rare example of 18th century furniture, combining fine woods and ivories. The Brand Cabinet is an important George II ivory mounted padouk medal cabinet, and represents an early and outstanding example of the increasing respect and seriousness shown for the antique and classical world in its time.

2. A rare mid-sixteenth century south German marquetry table top. The table top is an exceptionally rare and complex example of south German marquetry, shows very fine workmanship and remains in unusually good condition. The design is intended to be seen from all sides, perhaps suggesting the multi-facetted challenges of imperial rule. Unlike a lot of early furniture, it retains much of the pristine impact that it would have had when originally produced as an exceptional luxury object.

3. A spectacular Chinese porcelain casket with European mounts. This magnificent object is cleverly formed of three different styles of Chinese porcelain plaques, made during the Kangxi period (1662-1722). Its design includes: peonies and butterflies, prunus with birds, stunning landscapes and the 'hundred antiques' pattern - a design featuring objects which symbolise Chinese culture. The colourful porcelain plaques, cut down from existing objects, are framed within bands of engraved European gilt bronze strap work, which transform it into a beautiful, visually compelling artefact.

The Minister's ruling follows recommendations by the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest, administered by Arts Council England. The decision on the export licence application for all three objects will be deferred for a period ending on 12 February 2013.



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