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Art & Studio Ceramics

The fine art collection tells a unique visual story of Bucks landscapes, buildings, crafts and people from the 1600s to today. Bucks has inspired many important artists in the past – Samuel Palmer, William Callow, Paul and John Nash, John Piper – and remains an inspiration for contemporary artists today. Each artist’s vision reveals insights into Bucks’ past, as well as the county today, and provides a valuable record of change. Works of art have always been an important part of the Museum’s collecting policy. The art collection includes oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculptures and a nationally important collection of British Studio Ceramics.

CURATOR'S HIGHLIGHTS

Bowl, 1982

by Mary Rogers (1929- ) porcelain
This delicate, convoluted bowl was hand built by pinching and folding the porcelain clay and then painstakingly hand-painting with tiny dots to form blowing flower heads – it unites the form of an unfurling flower head with the pattern of flower heads across the surface.

Wombwell Farm, Long Crendon

by Laura Boswell Japanese woodblock print, edition of 8, 2012
This unique depiction of an autumnal Bucks landscape uses the highly skilled Japanese Woodblock technique with 54 precision hand-cut blocks and 83 layers of hand printing and shows the high quality of contemporary printmaking today.

Chapel at Widmer Farm, Marlow

by John Piper (1903-1992) mixed media on paper, 1943
This historic farmyard chapel, allegedly dating back to the Knights Hospitallers of the 13 th century, captures Piper’s love of old buildings and the sense of ‘pleasing decay’ and the layers of history that permeate the building.

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