A spectacular collection from Buckingham Palace is on display at the Royal Pavilion. For the first time, visitors will be able to see how these items would have looked in their former home.
There are over 120 remarkable pieces of furniture and decorative art. The collection includes the Kylin Clock featuring turquoise Chineses lions. In addition to 15-foot tall porcelain pagodas, nodding Chinese figures and the impressive dragon fire fenders.
Keeper of the Royal Pavilion, David Beevers, said,
“We’re so thrilled to have these exquisite items on display to the public in the Royal Pavilion after more than 170 years. They have been on an incredible journey – many items have travelled from China and Europe to Brighton and Buckingham Palace. There are wonderful stories surrounding each item and their significance to George IV.”
History of the Royal Pavilion
George IV commissioned the architect John Nash to transform his Brighton home into a palace fit for a prince. Nash added domes, minarets and furnished the inside in the sumptuous Chinoiserie style that has made the Pavilion iconic.
Later, many items in the collection were moved to London in 1850 when Queen Victoria sold the residence. Victoria hated the constant attention she received in Brighton, saying, “the people here are very indiscreet and troublesome”.
Prince Albert incorporated much of the furniture and artwork into Buckingham Palace, particularly the Chinese-themed Yellow Drawing Room and the Chinese Dining Room in the East Wing.
The collection has been loaned by Her Majesty due to repairs taking place in the East Wing in Buckingham Palace.
It’s hoped that these amazing items will help visitors understand George the IV’s love for his exotic palace and the spirit of the times in which he collected these rare and valuable items.
Councillor Alan Robins said,
“I’m sure many of our residents and visitors to the city will be keen to see these splendid pieces in the ideal setting of the Royal Pavilion.”
The collection runs until the Autumn of 2021.
Featured Image: Royal Pavilion, Brighton © Peter Tarleton