Collector’s cabinet, Anonymous, 1730

Collector’s cabinet, Anonymous, 1730

wood, 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.

On display in room 1.1-03 Chests and cupboards Furniture and interiors

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