Tippoo’s Tiger in action. Hidden inside the automaton is an organ that can be played. We were also shown an ornate Chinese chest made of Cloisonne enamel on copper that is decorated with lotus blossoms and gilded dragons. It is lifted on both sides by the figures of two servants whose clothes match the décor of the box. There is some debate over whether this is an ice chest or an incense burner. The tour guide’s favourite piece is a floral bouquet titled “Devil’s Trumpet” designed by Ann Carrington in 2016. Inspired by 16th Century Dutch still life images of flowers, the work is cleverly created using a collection of silver plated spoons and cutlery, although you have to look closely to realize this. As we were guided through the museum from highlight to highlight, we passed by some other sections that we took mental note of, which we would check out on our return visit to the V&A.
YouTube video that showed the mirror being assembled.
website that allows you to play around with the different configurations. It was so much fun to test out all the variations and see how wild we could get. Prices are only available upon request and must depend on your configuration choices. I imagine that this would be quite expensive to purchase.
In the end, this turned out to be a much longer day than I anticipated and the 33 minute/2.6km walk home from Harrods felt like such a long, tiring trek. We had loaded the Pacer Pedometer app on our iPhone a few months prior to this trip and had been tracking our daily steps and kilometers. Checking the status 8 days into the trip, we realized that while we are walking a good distance every day (including the time walking through museums), at 21,618 steps and 15.68km, that first “short, easy” day still holds the record for our longest and farthest walk. Oops, sorry Rich …