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10 November 2023, 22:19

An outstanding collection of ceramics by Henry Willett, which became the property of the British Museum

An outstanding collection of ceramics by Henry Willett, which became the property of the British Museum
Henry Willett, a 19th-century businessman and philanthropist, was an avid collector with an unquenchable passion for this pursuit.

After Willett managed to get on his feet financially, as he was the son of a miller and could not even think about big money, he began to invest in various fields. Among them was an interest in historical artifacts and cultural heritage of the country.
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
A sharp sense of aesthetics and historical curiosity helped him to collect a significant collection of ceramics, in which a special place was given to the works of British masters. Teapots with patterns inspired by popular Chinese subjects were interesting samples.

Initially, the collection was housed in Willett's private residence in Brighton, but over the years it has grown steadily. In 1905, after his death, the collection of ceramics was given to the Brighton Museum.
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
However, the collector transferred some of the exhibits to the British Museum in the 1880s. This step allowed a wider audience to appreciate the historical and artistic value of the collection. Today, the Willett Collection is an integral part of the British Museum's extensive holdings, helping to strengthen the institution's reputation as a world center for art and culture.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the English entrepreneur's collection is considered an important educational resource. The ceramics on display provide insight into the evolution of artistic styles, technological progress and cultural influences throughout history.
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
Photo source: britishmuseum.org
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