Medicine chest, Poland, 1751-1800

Made:
1751-1800 in Cracow
maker:
Unknown

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Medicine chest, wooden, iron-bound and brass covered, lock broken, decorated with studs and embossed design outside, and tooled leather and prints inside, containing 3 pewter topped glass bottles and one other bottle and plan of Cracow, European, 1751-1800

This highly decorated medicine chest most probably belonged to a wealthy family based in the Polish town of Cracow. A range of medical treatments were stored in the glass bottles and wooden drawers and the internal surfaces are highly decorated. The inside cover has religious imagery, which can be moved forward to reveal an illustration of a woman with her hands in a fountain.

The front flap of the chest opens out to reveal a detailed map of Cracow, with many of the important buildings identified using a key.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A86127
Materials:
brass, glass, iron, leather, paper, pewter, wood
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
credit:
Lewis, C.A.
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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