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Collection Summary

Collection Title
Decorative and Applied Arts Collection
Furniture and furnishings, including some pieces which pre-date Sir Nathaniel’s succession to the title. Furniture and fittings include work by James Gravenor, working to the designs of Robert Adam. Items also by John Linnell. Much of the plainer ‘brown’ furniture at Kedleston is of extremely high quality, as are the ‘fitted’ pieces – in particular the mahogany book cases in the Library.
Curiosities include model ships in original 18th century display cases, lacquer chinoiserie china stand, pair of scagolia armorial tables (designed by Adam) and the palm supported state bed.
Silver – Buffet of plate, plus ormolu and bronze triform perfume burner, made by Andersen to a design by Stuart and a pair of bronze ormolu mounted chestnut warmers (also by Andersen). Dinner service of flat and raised wares. Some late 19th century ceremonial plate of Lord Curzon’s.
Sculpture – Casts after antique figures acquired in the 1760s for the interior, also marble fireplaces carved by George Moneypenny, plus figures and plaques by Michael Spang and William Collins. Exterior sculpture includes pieces by John Cheere and Joseph Wilton in lead, limestone and Coadestone.
Includes items contained in the Eastern Museum, which contains artefacts collected during the early travels in the Middle East and during the vice regality on India of Lord Curzon (1899-1905).
Date range of collection
1750 - 1890
Accumulation Dates
Suggested Audience
Not Specific
Associated Times

Location Details

National Trust, Kedleston Hall
Quarndon,Kedleston Derby Derbyshire DE22 5JH United Kingdom
Open Map
01332 842191
Visiting Information
See website.
Building Information
Palladian Mansion set in a classical landscape park, built 1759-65 for Nathaniel Curzon, 1st Baron Scarsdale, whose family had lived at Kedleston since the 12th century. The most complete and least altered series of Robert Adam interiors in England.
Collections Overview
The collections were inherited and amassed by Sir Nathaniel Curzon, later 1st Lord Scarsdale. Many of the interiors were designed to receive specific pieces (particularly paintings), or interiors and objects were designed together to form an artistic unity.
Display Overview
The interiors are displayed very much as they would have been in the 1st Lord Scarsdale’s time.
Star Objects
Peacock dress.
For details of other collections held at the same location: See the location record

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Management Information (Type)
  • Museum.
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