This cabinet houses a miraculous collection, including a mini-apothecary’s shop filled with more than 300 jars, pots and medicine bottles. Concealed behind the rear wall of the cabinet, 55 secret drawers reveal a varied collection of over 2,000 specimens, including seeds, flowers, roots, resins, ores and a great deal more. The cabinet was probably owned by a wealthy doctor or pharmacist, its contents perhaps intended to amuse a select group of friends, family and other collectors.
In this visually stunning publication, the complete contents of this magnificent cabinet are on display for the first time and in almost actual size. Several authors describe the contents of the miniature apothecary’s shop and some of the remarkable remedies it contains, as well as the artful and varied arrangements found in the drawers.