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Cue Card # 568 - Describe an object you find particularly beautiful

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe an object you find particularly beautiful (e.g. a painting, sculpture, piece of jewellery/furniture, etc.).

You should say:

  • where the artwork/ object is
  • how it was made
  • what it shows/looks like

and explain why you find it particularly beautiful.

[You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you're going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.]


Model Answer 1:
My house is full of different kinds of furniture, that are laying there for ages, and that are also serving many purposes of my house. But, today, I would like to talk about a piece of furniture which is relatively new, and which I particularly find beautiful.

The furniture, I am talking about, is a large computer desk which my family has bought rather recently from a famous chain furniture store in my country. Even though it was primarily bought to use as a family computer desk, now we use it for practically all purposes, from ironing our clothes to eating our afternoon snacks. Not to mention, of course, the L-shape desk is large enough, not only to accommodate our big, old desktop but also to keep some of the best-looking flower vases that our house has.

Anyway, to describe the computer desk, in a bit more details, it is a brownish and wooden (from oak tree) desk that have perfectly well-rounded corners. Its edges on all sides are curved very smoothly in order to render the desk a rather modern look overall. It's also very wide and deep, which gives us plenty of room, not only to place a computer, but also to do other things which I have already mentioned above. By the way, even though, originally the desk, which can be broken into pieces and assembled easily, had a rather expensive price tag, my family actually got to buy it on a discounted price. In fact, the desk costed us only a little over 200 US dollars, which also additionally included some beautifully-designed metal legs if we wanted to ever use them later on.

Anyway, I find this particular piece of furniture beautiful, mainly because it looks very shiny as if it is just newly-bought. Besides, the particular piece of furniture blends in perfectly and naturally with the other household items inside the room in order to give it a rather elegant look.


Model Answer 2:

I think that I have come across many objects which could easily be described as “beautiful”. But, for some mysterious reasons, whenever I am asked to think of something beautiful, the picture of an elegant-looking flower vase comes to my mind. So, I will just go ahead and talk about one beautiful flower vase which is still sitting nicely in the sitting room of my friend’s house.

I saw this lavishly-elegant looking flower base about a couple of years ago when I visited my friend’s house for the first time. Since then, whenever I have visited his house, I have felt like this vase has received a “makeover” - meaning it looks so shiny and entrancing that one would easily be deceived to believe that the beautiful object has just been bought, and that too without any flower placed within it! Now, imagine how beautiful the flower vase would look if you place a boutique of fresh and blooming rose in it! 

Anyway, the flower vase, I am talking about, is made of top-class and durable ceramic, and it has an “egg shape”.  The vase has a proportionate flat base so that it can stand on its own firmly. The body or the exterior painting of this vase very much resembles of that a “zebra” except the stripes on it are distinguish pastel and shiny navy blue colour. The vase is placed on a “V” shaped table so nicely, close to the wall, that one would very easily mistake it as a “beautiful painting work”, curved on the wall, from a little distance!

In the end, all I want to say is that it is one of the most beautiful flower vases, if not the most beautiful one, I have ever seen. This is so not only because it looks ever-new with its shiny and elegant design but also because it can fit in practically any kind of home interior. Finally, I find this object to be so beautiful also because even though it is rather small in size, and yet very easily becomes the centre of your attention, no matter what time of the day you see it!


Sample Answer 3:
Thank you for this nice cue card topic. In fact, the Statue of Liberty, located on the Liberty Island in New York, is one of the most impressive and wonderful sculptures in the whole world and attracts thousands of tourists every day from different parts of the world. This is a historical sculpture and was a gift from the French people to the USA marking the centennial of the liberty of the USA. I am thankful for this cue card topic and the remaining answer goes here.

It was made of copper. The structure of the statue was made with a combination of iron and copper. And it was sent to the USA by breaking down the entire statue into several parts. The design of the statue was done by Frederich Bartholdi while it was made by Gustave Eiffel himself who is also famous for the construction of the Eiffel Tower in France.

The statue is a symbolic one and the Lady Liberty has a nice look. The statue is also known as the Liberty Enlightening the World. The statue is in the form of a robbed woman who represents Libertas. Libertas was a Roman goddess. And here, the statue wears a crown on her head, holds a torch with her right hand above the head. She is also carrying a book in her left arm that contains the date of independence declaration of the USA. The broken chain down at her feet symbolizes freedom.  

This is a beautiful sculpture indeed in all terms. Though the symbolic meaning is not known to all, people all around the world come to visit the statue and the island only to enjoy its exceptional beauty. Earlier, the visitors could have reached the torch but now the visit is limited. It has been enlisted with the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 1984.


More Ideas to talk about this Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card topic:

Topic: Describe an object you find particularly beautiful (e.g. a painting, sculpture, piece of jewellery/furniture, etc.).

1. Recently, I went to a museum in Germany and found a painting quite elegant. It was painted with oil composition. A country view was portrayed in the portrait. The painting looked striking on the wall. In fact, it was the first thing that attracted my respects. It was completely different from the other types of artefacts in the museum. The scenarios were bright and it was really admirable.

2. The half-man and half mountain, also known as the colossus are located in Italy. It was erected in 1500 by a famous Italian sculptor. The sculpture was made with a combination of different elements. The statue looks like a monster trying to grab something from the water. The sculpture is beautiful in some senses. It has some rooms inside the body which are trickily hidden. The sculpture is also 35 feet tall and comes with a strong look.

3. The Sapphire Ring used by Princess Diana is now handed over to Kate Middleton. It was an iconic ring and was given to Diana on her engagement. The shape and size of the rings are perfect. The stone on the ring shines brightly even in low light. The ring has some specialities. First of all, the price is an issue to consider. Besides, the historical value of the ring is immeasurable. Prince Charles gave the ring to Lady Diana Spencer and only for that reasons, the ring is more valuable aside from its real price.

4. 'The Thinker' is one of the most preferred sculptures in the world. The Thinker is located in Paris. It was made of bronze. This is a nude male sitting and thinking deeply. In fact, many believe this figure to be the symbol of philosophy. The sculpture appears beautiful to me for its nice colour and structure. It is 73 inches in height and different techniques have been made to complete the entire statue.

5. The Last Supper is one of the delicate works of Leonardo da Vinci. The painting is available in a dining hall in Milan, Italy. The painting exhibits Jesus with some of his disciples. This is a masterpiece. It depicts the last supper of Jesus Christ before his Crucifixion. It appeared beautiful to me for some reasons. The photo was too lively that it appeared everything was happening before my eyes.  

6. The Tiffany Yellow is the largest known cushion cut diamond in the world. The diamond is exhibited at a flagship store in Manhattan. The diamond comes with a 128-carat weight. The diamond looks outstanding more than any other pieces of ornaments and has been worn only twice so far with over 150-year history. The diamond has a striking look on a ribbon-shaped necklace. At present, it is one of the most valuable diamond pieces in the world.


Your preparation for this cue card topic would help you talk about the following cue card topics as well:

1. Describe something important you own.
2. Describe a gift you recently gave to someone.
3. Describe something you bought recently.
4. Describe an item you ever bought from your visit to another city.
5. Describe a painting or sculpture you like.
6. Describe the best gift you have ever received.
7. Describe something beautiful you own.
8. Describe a beautiful gift or present you got for your birthday.
9. Describe a famous painting or sculpture from your country. 

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