Antique hoard pledged to museum

A collection of gold and silver antiques worth millions of pounds has been donated to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.

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Antiques worth millions donated to Oxford museum

A collection of gold and silver antiques worth millions of pounds has been donated to the Ashmolean Museum.

Around 500 objects, which belonged to antiques collector Michael Wellby who died last year, will go on show at the museum in Oxford.

Mr Wellby's family were involved in the silver trade and he became an acknowledged expert in German silver and a regular at auctions where he built up his collection.

The collection includes a silver gilt ewer made in Portugal in the 16th century and a lapis lazuli bowl with gold mounts made in Prague in around 1608. A selection of items will go show in a temporary display from February before the entire collection is displayed in a permanent gallery.

The Ashmolean is extremely grateful to Michael and his family. This is the most important accession of objects of this sort to any UK museum since the bequest of objects from Waddesdon Manor by Ferdinand Rothschild to the British Museum in 1898."

– Professor Tim Wilson, Keeper of the Department of Western Art
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