This is the third version of the Virtual Museum. Earlier versions were hosted by Microsoft but the service (which was originally free) is no longer available and the data has been transferred (with much help from Kasia) to Squarespace. There is now a 'blog' facility (here) but for the moment it is not 'live' as I do not have time to moderate the content of postings by others. So, for the moment the pages will be used to notify updated content and for general information.
The Museum began as a photographic record of one collection. The first photos were taken by Michael Jeffery of Woolley and Wallis in Salisbury (who continues to support the Museum by allowing access to a comprehensive archive of past auction lots).
Other collectors have donated images or allowed their collections to be photographed. The present collection represents a 10 year accumulation of images. Most people are very generous when asked to contribute an image; however, a request to the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art for use of one image (widely available on the internet) of a green Archibald Knox designed vase made by Carters received this response;
"I am from Scala Picture Library from Florence, Italy. Your request has been forwarded to us as we distribute the LACMA collection in the UK.....much to our regret, we do not grant perpetuity use on fine art image (sic) but we can offer different costs based on the following term options: 3 months £80 6 months £104 1 year £116 2 years £200 5 years £360 10 years £560 ......the images must be duly credited and at a maximum size of 480 x 640 pixel and protected from saving and downloading."
"What would be the cost for 15 years; I am not interested in perpetuity as I may not live that long"
"Our best quote for a 15 year term is .. £700.00."