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Treasures from Faraway

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The Garsenbuttel Drinking Horn/Schroder Collection

Strawberry Hill House presents 'Treasures from Faraway: Medieval and Renaissance Objects from the Schroder collection'.

In the latest of its popular series of In Focus displays, Strawberry Hill House reveals how diverse natural materials, from coconuts to rock crystal, along with trade networks with Asia and the Far East created new opportunities for European craftspeople to make objects of wonder for their wealthy patrons. The exhibition shines a spotlight on the aristocratic habit of collecting valuable objects to create what were known as Cabinets of Curiosities, which developed in the courts of Northern and Southern Europe during the Renaissance.

The combination of rare and exotic materials and the skilled craftsmanship of Western goldsmiths is the starting point for Treasures from Faraway at Horace Walpole’s Gothic villa in Twickenham, which has been uniquely invited to display a selection of exceptional objects from this tradition, collected by several generations of the Schroder family. Highlights include the Grandmont Reliquary, a 16th-century English ewer and a tankard from Southern Germany, all of which feature beautiful rock crystal elements.

Treasures from Faraway - 19 March – 19 July 2023

Further Information:  Treasures from Faraway - Strawberry Hill House & Garden