Top ten things to see in Treasurer's House

Visitors at Treasurer's House, York

Frank Green amassed an eclectic collection of furnishings, art and memorabilia during his time as owner of Treasurer’s House. Here are some of the key items from the collection, representing various periods, rooms and materials.

Wallpaper on the William and Mary staircase

This hand-blocked wallpaper, produced by the famous Watts company, was originally called "Old English" but later became known as "Malmesbury." It was featured in a Watts company exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London during autumn 2014.

Verre Eglomisé mirror

Visit the Blue Drawing Room to marvel at the Pier-glass mirror with verre églomisé borders and intricate gold leaf work, which once reflected the faces of royal visitors.

Model of a Napoleonic gunship

A model of a 132 gun ship-of-the-line, in the Court Room. This three-decked battleship was made by French prisoners at the time of the Napoleonic Wars (1803-15), probably from bone and whalebone.  

Cromwellian farthingale chair

A farthingale, or Cromwellian, chair with a walnut frame, baluster (pillar) forelegs and straight stretcher, probably made in France.  The fabric is attached to the frame with dome-headed nails arranged in flower-head patterns.

Queen Anne period bedspread

Displayed within the King's Room is a quilted linen Queen Anne period bedspread, with fine woollen, multicoloured crewelwork embroidery. The central design includes a cornucopia surrounded by floral borders, with butterflies and insects.

French Louis XIV-style bracket clock

In Princess Victoria's bedroom is a French clock from the 18th century which shows the tide times and the phases of the moon. The clock is surmounted by a figure of Fame blowing her trumpet.

Lantern-style pendulum clock

A giant 13-foot-long pendulum was added to this brass lantern clock, which dates from 1670. It hangs in the Minstrel’s Gallery of the Great Hall. At the top of the clock is a bell covered by a brass dome surmounted by a winged putto.

Frank Green's dressing case

Located in the South Dressing Room is Frank Green's luxurious travelling dressing case. It has a mirror inside the lid, a drop-down front, a rear section for bottles and a front section of four hinged trays and two drawers, all lined with blue velvet.

Ceramics in the Dining Room

The varied and fine collection of ceramics in the Dining Room includes a Wedgwood tea set from 1760, whose pieces are shaped like a cauliflower.

Indian ivory games table

In the West Sitting Room is an ivory tripod games table veneered with ivory and ebony to form a chequerboard. It was probably made in Murshidabad in north-east India.