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ID number:  BIRBI-47.1
Title / Object name:  The bleaching ground
Category:  Visual art
Object type:  Painting
Artist / Maker:  Teniers, David the younger (1610-1690)
Place made:  possibly Antwerp
Date made:  the 1640s

The women of an unidentified town gather for the first spring wash after the long winter months. The setting is a communal bleaching ground with its wells and an open wash house to the right. This is located outside the town walls where there is space to lay out the linen in the sun.

Teniers specialised in scenes of peasant life, rooted in the passing seasons. Here, he matches their diverse activities with carefully observed characters and varied expressions.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRRC-P0010
Title / Object name:  Iliovici Permeameter
Category:  Measuring device
Object type:  Magnetic instrument
Artist / Maker:  Compagnie pour la fabrication des compteurs et materiel d'usines
Place made:  16 a 18 Bd de Vaugirard, Paris
Date made:  1915

The permeameter is an instrument for determining the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic materials. The sample in the form of a bar 1 cm across is placed in the central coil and clamped into the iron yokes passing through the other coils. Magnetising fields are applied and the response observed with a ballistic galvanometer connected across the central coil.
Cost £46.14.0   [More Info]

ID number:  ECM 1622
Title / Object name:  Fish Amulet
Object type:  Amulet

Blue faience amulet of a fish, incised detail, pierced from top to bottom through head   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRUG 14902
Title / Object name:  Fish
Category:  Palaeontology
Object type:  Vertebrate

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ID number:  WB-HC0731
Title / Object name:  Dinner service
Category:  Decorative art
Object type:  Ceramic
Date made:  1840 - 1850

Dinner service belonging to the Nettlefold family, and used at Winterbourne House. Marked IMPERIAL STONE CHINA. Chinoiserie design. Hand painted. Dinner plates marked John Allsup, 16 St Paul's Church Yard, London.   [More Info]

ID number:  BIRBI-B0336
Title / Object name:  Solidus
Category:  Numismatics
Object type:  Coin
Artist / Maker:  Justinian I; Constantinople
Place made:  Istanbul
Date made:  545-565

Obverse: Facing bust of Justinian, wearing cuirass with three pellets on breast and plumed helmet with pendilia, r. hand holding globus cruciger, shield on l. shoulder. Reverse: Victoria standing facing, holding long cross with chrismon at top in r. hand and globus cruciger in l. hand. Star in r. of field.   [More Info]