Dora Thornton

Banking and benevolence: on the Rothschild family

A century and a half of generosity is recorded in a wide-ranging history of the family


Polyvalent plates

The multipurpose imagery of 16th-century Italian maiolica


A room of mystery and ghoulish things: Dora Thornton on the Cobbe Cabinet of Curiosities

A new book offers a scholarly account of the Cobbe family's collection


Divine drawers and pietre dure dazzle in Wiltshire

Dora Thornton on the amazing cabinet of Pope Sixtus V


A glimpse behind the doors of the Roman Baroque palace

A year of research reveals how nobles used theatrical interiors to show their collections