Students working outside the History of Art explore the ornate and unusual, each focusing on one object at The Courtauld that sparks their curiosity. Check out their discoveries below.
Sophie-Nicole Dodds, Goldsmiths College
Bold strokes and creative resistance in 1913 London. Immerse yourself in the art and science of making.
Jack Monaghan, Imperial College
Know your atoms from your alloys? Leap into the history and production methods of César’s fabulous Habitation, of 1960.
Katrina Brain, Imperial College
Exotic beasts and precious materials from international trade networks define an exquisite marriage casket from seventeenth-century Germany.
Melisa Lenero, Royal College of Art & Imperial College
How an eighteenth-century glass dish emulates bioluminescent sea creatures through expert craft techniques.
Anabel Hazeldine, Central Saint Martins
Part drinks vessel and part game, a jug that would have invited playful usage across seventeenth-century taverns and dining rooms alike.
Nathasha Gertler, Imperial College
Pinpointing which semi-precious stones are inlaid into the frame of this portable altarpiece proves harder than you might imagine.
Devon Abts, Kings College
This miniature pendant from the early seventeenth century raises questions about who it was for and what holy object it held close to the wearer’s heart
Eleanor Magson, Imperial College
Learn the secrets of eighteenth-century Venetian glass-makers through this bowl, and see how they competed with Mother Nature herself.
Maryam Ala Amjadi, University of Kent
The game-changing drink became known in England from the seventeenth century via travellers to the Ottoman Empire and Safavid Isfahan. What can an eighteenth-century coffee pot recall about the ensuing social and intellectual pursuits that boomed in coffeehouses throughout the country?
Niahm Collard, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Find out why this loom pulley is shaped like a beautiful female mask and is the object of the Guro weaver’s gaze.
Laila El-Sayed, University of Kent
Carnations and tulips abound: do the swirling flowers on this Iznik dish hold a deeper cultural symbolism?
Victoria Druce, Imperial College
Get granular with the techniques and chemical components of glasses made in Venice and England.
Josephine Neil, Kings College
A pair of German miniature picture bibles bears witness to the talents of the Küsel sisters, who produced these devotional objects while navigating a time of religious upheaval.
Tanja Tolar, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Islamic and Christian heritages intertwine in this Spanish lustreware dish.
Eleni Dimitriadou, The Courtauld Institute of Art
The monks of Mount Athos worked painstakingly on this carved wooden cross. Can you follow the biblical stories whittled intricately across it?
Sculpture and Decorative Arts including Illuminating Objects is proudly supported by McQueens Flowers.