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The Russell-Cotes museum

East Cliff Hall was built between 1897 and 1907 - during the heyday of Art Nouveau style - by Annie and Merton Russell-Cotes. The architect was John Frederick Fogerty. It was always intended that the house would function as a museum, to display the many articles the owners collected on their travels. Today it is managed as The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum by Bournemouth Council.

At the entrance is this floor mosaic with a monogram formed of Annie Russell-Cotes's interlocked initials. Around it are geometric tiles (which also feature in the conservatory) and rich-coloured encaustic tiles on the walls.

Russell-Cotes floor mosaic

The house has a number of other mosaic, tile and glass features. I should point out that flash photography is not allowed in the rooms of the house, to protect the artifacts. Continue down the page for the mosaic fountain.

Russell-Cotes floor mosaic

 

This fountain is in the main hall of the house, overlooked from the balcony. The three pools are lined with red, gold and orange tesserae in a sunburst motif.

tiles in the Russell-Cotes museum

stained glass in the Russell-Cotes museum

mosaic fountain
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