There's no denying the Queen has some nice things and a selection of them are on display in the Queen's Gallery just outside Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. A few weeks ago we were wandering past and decided to pop in to see what she had put out for us to see.
This rather impressive chap is the Venetian merchant Andrea Odoni. He built a large collection if paintings, sculpture and historic pieces which is why he had Lorenzo Lotti paint him amongst his sculptures in 1527.
We're a bit round to the side on this Rembrandt of Agatha Bas - there was quite a crowd (that being 4 or 5 people) in front of her.
I like the way he's painted Ms. Bas holding onto the picture frame.
This impressive cup and cover from around 1700 caught the eye of George IV who bought it in 1823. It is lavishly carved with hunting scenes which makes me think that the lady on top will be Diana the Huntress.
Another little wonder picked up by George IV. It's a nautilus shell decorated in silver gilt, garnets, diamonds, emeralds, pink quartz, turquoises and water sapphires sometime in about 1670.
This chair is made from wood salvaged from the Auld Kirk in Alloway where much of the action in Tam O'Shanter takes place. Though I couldn't persuade my camera to focus on it, the back of the chair is engraved with the entire poem on the brass panels.
Prince Albert commissioned Sir Edwin Landseer to paint this picture in 1841. It's his favourite dog, Eos. The quality of the painting is such, that spotting this first from across the room, I thought for a minute that it might have been a real greyhound mounted in a case.
A self portrait by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. He's far better known for his sculptures.
This is thought to be a self portrait by Annibale Carracci sometime in the late 1580s
The drawing and this painting also by him, to me, seem to have faces that could go down a modern street and hardly gather a second glance.
This diamond encrusted easter egg was made by Faberge in 1914. It is one of 50 that were made for the Russian Imperial Family.
This miniature portrait of Tsar Nicholas II's five children was made to fit inside it.
These eggs are a symbol of the extravagance of the Tsar while there was much poverty in the country, which was contributory to the Russian revolution. And, of course, poignant as the children above perished as a result of it.