27 October 2012 - 6 January 2013
Secret Splendour: the hidden world of Baroque Cabinets
£6.50 / concessions
This revealing exhibition casts new light on some of the most magnificent and expensive furniture ever produced. Made from a wide variety of rare and exotic materials including amber, ivory, tortoiseshell, pietra dura and silver, cabinets-on-stands were one of the great status symbols of the seventeenth century. Their outer doors open to reveal exquisite interiors, originally designed to impress only the most privileged of guests. Many incorporate ingenious secret drawers and ingenious compartments for their owners’ most prized possessions.
For the first time, a dazzling array of cabinets from the Victoria and Albert Museum, Corsham Court and the Holburne will be displayed fully open to enable visitors to see their extraordinary interiors, an experience formerly reserved for a select few.
Secret Splendour Tours
2pm Wednesday 14 November;
11am Tuesday 27 November
2pm Friday 7 December
Ticket £6.50 to include admission to the exhibition
Just like the privileged guests of their original owners, be treated to a special glimpse into the interiors of the beautiful Baroque Cabinets in our exhibition. One hour tours with Matthew Winterbottom, Curator of Decorative Art.
English Japanned Cabinet, about 1670 on loan from the V&A
German Cabinet, painted ivory, about 1650 on loan from the V&A
Sponsored by The Henry Moore Foundation
10am to 5pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm
£6.50 / conc