Collector’s cabinet, anoniem, 1730

Collector’s cabinet, anoniem, 1730

eiken- en grenenhout, belijmd met olijfhout en andere houtsoorten, schildpad, ivoor, verguld koper en andere materialen, h 206.8cm × w 96.5cm × d 74.0cm. More details

The cabinet houses many small pots and bottles containing simplicia, or medicinal ingredients. Several drawers are filled with minerals, fossils, wood samples, seeds and so forth. Many other drawers are empty. The cabinet may originally have contained a ‘universal collection’, which included small artefacts as well as products of nature, probably assembled by a cultivated and prosperous gentleman.

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