The collections within Quex House reflect the lives and interests of successive generations of owners. They include furniture, clocks, paintings, prints and drawings, ceramics and glass, metalwork, ivory carvings and textiles from around the world.
Some objects originally graced the old Quex mansion more than three hundred years ago. Others arrived later through the family’s East India Company and London connections. However, Percy Powell-Cotton acquired many additional items during his World Trip of 1889-1891. Greatly influenced by the arts of the cultures he encountered, Percy collected actively throughout this exciting trip. On his return this interest developed, especially after his marriage and with Quex House once more a family home.
Percy valued his inheritance but also bought wisely to add to the contents of Quex House. At a sale in 1910 he purchased a large collection of Chinese Imperial porcelain of the finest quality and a lacquer cabinet of rare, exquisitely carved Japanese netsuke. Many of these items are now on display in Gallery 8.