Having collaborated with the V&A, the world’s leading museum of art and design (in recent collections like Streamline and William Morris), the Islamic Arts Museum, South-East Asia’s largest Islamic art museum (Arabesque) and the National Palace Museum, home to one of the world’s largest collections of Chinese cultural artefacts (Imperial), it does seem natural that Royal Selangor would move on to collaborate with the British Museum.
Founded in 1753, the British Museum was the world’s first national public museum. Dedicated to human history, art and culture, the museum has a permanent collection of around eight million works, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive, and attracts more than six million visitors a year. Its vast archive of human history has now inspired Royal Selangor’s artisans to craft a collection that celebrates the old with new and fresh designs.
The recently unveiled British Museum Collection highlights the rich artistic legacy of early Europeans who borrowed from other cultures and reinterpreted these ideas into their signature styles. Among them, a tea caddy inspired by the Sutton Hoo helmet, iconic symbol of Anglo-Saxon culture covered with intricate zoomorphic and figurative motifs, and featuring a face mask. Also, a tankard that takes its delicate animal-shaped motifs – a wolf or hound on the handle guarding her cubs on the rim – from one of the Basse-Yutz flagons unearthed at France.