A world-class collection of treasures at Powis
Exceptional statues, furniture and textiles from Europe, India and the Orient adorn Powis castle to magnificent effect.
We care for one of the world's greatest collections of art and historical items. Explore our exquisite collections, and you might be surprised at what you find. With thousands of fascinating objects and even more amazing stories behind them, you’ll discover the beauty of the unexpected when you pay us a visit.
We've unearthed ten of our most intriguing treasures for you to gain an insight into our special place.
A view of Verona
This masterpiece by Bernardo Bellotto (c1745-7) shows the River Adige, with the Castel San Pietro in the middle distance. Anchored in the river are wooden watermills. Bellotto, was Canneletto's nephew and understudy.
Pietre dure table
Our large Italian pietre dure table is about 450 years old. It features a marble top inlaid with lapis lazuli and other semi-precious stones. A Herbert family story indicates that the table was a gift from the Pope.
These late 17th-century Italian busts are the earliest known surviving set of the Twelve Caesars in Great Britain. The set has been at Powis since at least 1704 and is made of Carrara marble and jasper.
Lady Henrietta by Reynolds
Lady Henrietta Herbert, Countess of Powis (1758-1830) by Sir Joshua Reynolds - the leading portrait artist of the 18th century and first president of the Royal Academy. Henrietta's marriage to Edward Clive provided a sound financial future for Powis.
Historical gem: The solid gold finial from the throne of Tipu Sultan is decorated with diamonds, emeralds and rubies. It is redolent of power, status and beauty. Originally only one of eight, only two finials are still known to have survived.
The section of Tipu Sultan’s decorated state tent that you can see in the Tent Room (off the Ballroom) is just a small portion: if the whole tent was erected, it would fill the castle courtyard.
'Would you believe it an antique cat' [Clive of India]. This cat sculpture was bought in Rome back in 1774. Clive of India told his agent to buy it 'Coute qui coute' (whatever the cost) as a gift for wife, a great cat lover.
Book of hours
This exquisite 15th-century illuminated book of hours belonged to Lady Eleanor Percy. It was used for private prayer and devotion.
Coach house and stables
See our state coach, used for grand ceremonial occasions, alongside the full harness for a pair of horses and the complete uniforms (liveries) for the coachman and footmen accompanying the coach.
Our 16th-century Limoges enamel bowl by Pierre Raymond features an open-work base and sides with a gilded pineapple finial on the cover.