What is a Collector’s Cabinet?

Ideal Storage for small Treasures

As the English traveled abroad, they would collect souvenirs and a variety of natural history samples, such as small stones and shells. Popular from the 15th to the 19th centuries, collector’s cabinets, with a multitude of small drawers, showcased the travelers’ collections in their home libraries. A recent article in the BBC’s Homes & Antiques magazine described a collector’s cabinet as “the ideal storage facility for small treasures such as mircomosaics, which were taken out to be shown off after dinner.”

In today’s home office, the cabinets can be used for an upscale storage unit. This particular piece is actually two pieces, with the top with a pair of paneled doors which open to reveal the drawers, and the base unit for displaying larger pieces.

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