- Also known as
Reginald Radcliffe Cory
primary name: Cory, Reginald Radcliffe
- individual; collector; British; Male
- Life dates
- Collector of Oriental porcelain, attracted by what was known as 'the Chinese taste'. Objects in the Percival David collection, PDF 867, 868 & 881.
In 1936 bequeathed 81 objects to the British Museum. These were mostly Chinese porcelains but also included some Canton enamels and hard stone objects. Included in this number were 35 snuff-bottles. At the time R.L. Hobson the curator noted the Museum had very few top quality Kangxi (1662-1722) 'famille verte' pieces.
Also a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, plant hunter and collector. In 1936 bequeathed five albums from the Reeves Collection, a set of early 19th century ‘lost’ albums containing Chinese botanical watercolours, originating from Canton and Macau. In 1859 RHS had sold off its entire library. A further three albums were purchased in 1953, using money from Cory’s bequest.
At his former home Dyffryn Gardens, Vale of Glamorgan a restoration project is in progress. Reinstating the large walled garden and reconstructing display glasshouses at the Grade I-registered Edwardian garden.
- R.L. Hobson,"The Reginald R. Cory Bequest"; British Museum Quarterly, vol. II, no. 2, March 1937, pp. 52-54; Stacey Pierson,"Collectors, Collections and Museums: The Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain, 1560-1960", 2007, p. 142; Roy Davids and Dominic Jellinek, "PROVENANCE: Collectors, Dealers & Scholars: Chinese Ceramics in Britain and America, 2011, pp. 128-9.
Royal Horticultural Society, "The Garden", December 2010, pp. 816-819; and Royal Horticultural Society, "The Garden", February 2011, p.77.