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The Glynn Collection of Parian Ware

The Fitzwilliam Museum has recently been allocated the David Glynn collection of English parian ware statuary, totalling 360 pieces. Parian, a type of bisque porcelain imitating pure white marble from Paros in Greece, was invented in around 1845, and had the advantage over marble in being cheaper and easier to mass reproduce.  In collaboration with the Department of Art History at Birmingham University, the Fitzwilliam will be seeking funding to document and research this collection of national significance. Planned outcomes include a conference and a publication examining the manufacturing processes and social context of 19th-century parian ware, as well as the creation of a teaching collection.

Kangxi Chinese vases conservation

An incident in the Museum on Wednesday 25 January 2006 involving a member of the public resulted in damage to three huge oriental porcelain vases which had been on display for many decades.

Medieval Islamic Lustre Ware Pottery

Medieval lustre wares form a significant part of the Museum's Islamic pottery collection, currently being researched and recorded. A new technique called polynomial texture mapping is being used with selected objects. This enables viewing of an item on screen under varying light conditions in a way that previously was only possible by handling the object.