This significant collection is comprised of Islamic metalwork ranging from the 13th to the 16th centuries.
It was formed by one of the great Victorian art collectors, Thomas Gambier Parry (1816-1888), to complement his acquisitions of precious medieval and early Renaissance paintings and decorative arts.
Many of the best pieces in the collection have been on permanent display in the Courtauld Gallery since their bequest in 1966. But the metalwork has rarely left London, and never has such a large group of metalwork objects been brought together to be shown outside the Courtauld.
The most spectacular piece in the collection is the Courtauld Bag, made in Mosul (present day northern Iraq) for a noble lady of the Persian-Mongol court, around 1300-1330. It is one of the most splendid pieces of Islamic metalwork in the world, and its shape and function make it a unique object.
The exhibition is supported by Art Fund.