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The Paston Treasure at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery [Norwich]

The Cabinet of a Collector
The Cabinet of a Collector ©

At the heart of this exhibition is the enigmatic painting of a 'cabinet of treasure' - known as The Paston Treasure (c.1673-79) - which was once held at Oxnead Hall in Norfolk, home of the Paston family. Gathering together some of the objects depicted in the picture for the first time in nearly three centuries, this exhibition explores the world represented within this extraordinary painting, and beyond. 

Collectors throughout Europe tended to keep their most curious and prized possessions in a small private study, called a 'cabinet' in French and English, and in German as a 'Wunder-', 'Schutz'- or 'Kunstkammer'. Frans Francken's Cabinet of a Collector, lent by Her Majesty The Queen, is a magnificent example of a Kunstkammer still-life by one of Antwerp's leading exponents.  Also on loan is Francken's A Picture Gallery which combines paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects and scientific instruments, representing the type of collection that Sir William Paston would have visited during his tour of continental Europe, not long after Francken made this drawing.

Rooms and locations with objects on display