Past Exhibitions

Exhibition 4

Motifs From Nature | 2014

featureOur founder, the late David Roche AM had a passionate interest in flora throughout his lifetime and here we celebrate this love by identifying motifs from nature used as ornament on items from his collection.

Whether cast in bronze, moulded from lead, carved from timber, inlaid, painted, enamelled or lacquered, or merely implied, there was often cause for comment: “What flower is that meant to be!?”

His gardener Adam Kromkamp worked closely with Mr Roche for many years improving the gardens at Fermoy House. Adam has endeavoured to identify flora of fact from flora of fantasy and fiction, on items exhibited.

Mr Roche spent many an idle moment observing man-made ornament from winged figures emerging from foliage, laurel wreaths in architectural conceits; or cornucopia being held aloft, spilling fruit and flowers. He admired the details in the costumes of porcelain figure groups, the foliage as decoration, be it gothic or neo-classic, be it elegant and even bold, be it minute in scale or in high-relief tendrils – flowers, and foliage are abundant and necessary for the decorative arts in the works that will be showcased in our next exhibition at the Viewing Gallery.

For centuries, horticulture has been one of the most consistent signs of a great civilisation and the most visually-absorbing expression of most cultures.

From fine furniture, to clocks, barometers, paintings, pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, marvellous mirrors and more, he would hope that you would find a special piece to remember. Curated by Martyn Cook and Ann Preston Flint, with its colours, textures and love of beauty, this show will be sure to delight all visitors.

Past Exhibitions

Opens 15 February 2024

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The Fabric of War

Historical quilts with striking geometric patterns, exotic animals, biblical stories, and even the Venetian state galley are but a few of the extraordinary images you will see displayed in this exhibition of new and unseen treasures from the renowned quilt collection of Annette Gero.


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