List of illustrations

  • Paston Family Tree
  • The Low Countries, Britain, and Northern France, c. 1663
  • Europe, North Africa, and the Near East, 1638–39
  • The Paston Treasure
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Oxnead Hall, Norfolk
  • Mariner’s map of the North Sea
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Archive photograph of two silver-gilt cups
  • The Pastons: Norwich Castle Museum’s Coronation Year Exhibition
  • Ways of Seeing
  • Tomb of Clement Paston, detail
  • Sir William Paston
  • Presentation plate with floral decoration
  • X-radiograph of the silver dish in The Paston Treasure
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • The Oxnead church plate: two flagons; paten and Communion cup; and alms dish
  • One of Captain John Buxton’s receipts for objects purchased from Oxnead Hall
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Honoratissimi Domini Gulielmi Paston Baronetti Effigies, detail
  • Original Letters Written During the Reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV and Richard III
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • The Most Honourable Sir William Paston, Baronet, (Honoratissimi Domini Gulielmi Paston Baronetti Effigies)
  • X-radiograph of the silver dish in The Paston Treasure
  • The Most Honourable Lady Paston (Honoratissima Domina Paston Effigies)
  • MA-XRF scan of the overpainted female figure in The Paston Treasure
  • The Right Honourable Robert, Earl and Viscount Yarmouth, Baron of Paston
  • Portrait of a Man Holding a Skull
  • Fruit and rich dishes on a table, formerly called A dessert
  • Still Life with Page
  • Large Still Life with a Lobster
  • Still Life with the Drinking-Horn of the Saint Sebastian Archers’ Guild, Lobster and Glasses
  • Still Life with a Wine Cooler (Vanitas)
  • An Unknown Lady as a Shepherdess and an Attendant
  • Banquet Still Life with Silver and Gilt Vessels, a Nautilus Shell, Porcelain, Food and Other Items on a Draped Table
  • Monkeys and Parrots
  • Allegory of the Vanities of the World
  • Decorated Painter's Box
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • The Paston Treasure, detail (left) and Monkeys and Parrots, detail (right)
  • The Paston Treasure, detail of exposed ground
  • The Paston Treasure, detail of structure combining wet-in-wet underpainting with a glaze layer
  • The Paston Treasure, details of pigments
  • MA-XRF scan showing difference in iron pigments in The Paston Treasure
  • The Paston Treasure, details showing artist's deliberation
  • The Paston Treasure, details showing trompe l’oeil technique
  • The Paston Treasure, details of grapes
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Overall X-radiograph of The Paston Treasure showing overpainting
  • X-radiograph and MA-XRF scan showing the overpainted woman in The Paston Treasure
  • The Paston Treasure, details of pigments
  • The Paston Treasure, detail of lobster (left) and detail showing paint’s stratigraphy (right)
  • The MA-XRF scan for arsenic, or orpiment, in The Paston Treasure
  • The Paston Treasure, detail showing range of orpiment
  • The MA-XRF scanner in operation on The Paston Treasure
  • Elemental images obtained by MA-XRF of The Paston Treasure
  • RGB correlation of mercury (red), copper (green), and cobalt (blue) in the hidden figure of The Paston Treasure
  • Copper map evidencing details with high resolution no longer visible in The Paston Treasure
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Study of a Headless Draped Figure with Arms Crossed
  • Flowers, Fruits and Objets d’Art (Fleurs, fruits et objets d'art)
  • Sir Peter Lely
  • Trompe-l’Oeil Still Life with a Flower Garland and a Curtain
  • The Kunstkammer of the Dimpfel Family in Regensburg
  • Czar Peter the Great Visits the Museum Wildianum, Amsterdam, December 13, 1697
  • The Cabinet
  • The Cabinet
  • Connoisseurs in an Art Collection
  • Prince Władysław Zygmunt Vasa’s Kunstkammer
  • Vanitas Vanitatem et Omnia Vanitas
  • Vanitas Still Life with Musical Instruments
  • A Collector’s Cabinet
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities (Kunstkammerregal)
  • Vanitas still life with a self-portrait of the young painter
  • Vanitas Still Life
  • Louise de Kéroualle, Duchess of Portsmouth with an unknown female attendant
  • Grand Still Life with Moor and Parrots
  • Vanitas Still Life with a Young Moor Presenting a Pocketwatch
  • Still Life with a Servant Holding a Nautilus Cup
  • Finely Laid Table with a Moor
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Tabula Colorum
  • The Sense of Sight
  • The Sense of Smell
  • The Sense of Sight, detail
  • The Sense of Smell, detail
  • Historia naturale di Ferrante Imperato
  • The Archdukes Albert and Isabella Visiting the Collection of Pierre Roose
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Prometheus receives a mineral sample from Nature
  • Cup with cover
  • Sphere
  • Amber Cabinet
  • Flask
  • Ornamental jug
  • The Paston Treasure, detail, turned counter-clockwise
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Carved armorial lintel formerly part of a window at Caister Castle
  • Oxnead Hall, Norfolk
  • Study for the reconstruction of Oxnead
  • View of Oxnead Hall
  • Oxnead Hall, 17th-century brick structure in formal garden
  • The west front of the present north range of Oxnead Hall
  • View of Oxnead Hall
  • Oxnead Hall, Norfolk
  • Copthall, Essex, prior to demolition
  • Chimney-piece
  • Design for an Ornamental Wall Panel in the Garden at Oatlands
  • Hercules
  • Blickling Hall
  • The sense of hearing in the long gallery
  • Putto finial
  • Justice over the main portico
  • Prudence over the main portico
  • Sketch for a banqueting house
  • Hercules and Cerberus
  • Hercules
  • Diana
  • Design for a triad
  • Fishmonger’s Stall
  • Designs for nine chairs (with Spanish chair at top right)
  • Fire pan
  • Design for an alcove
  • Still Life with Ewer and Basin, Chinese Porcelain, and a Japanese Lacquer Jewel Casket
  • Hanging shelf with the Duchess of Norfolk’s arms
  • The Four Continents: America
  • View of the dining room at Schloss Moritzburg, with antler trophies mounted on carved wooden heads
  • A Dutch Cabinet of Naturalia
  • Mounted bezoar stone
  • John Tradescant the Younger with Roger Friend and a Collection of Exotic Shells
  • Cabinet belonging to Canon John Bargrave
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Charon Crossing the Styx
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Lutebook
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Nautilus cup, detail
  • Erasmus Paston & Mary His Wife
  • Sir William Paston
  • Sir Edward Coke
  • Copy of a portrait of Thomas Henshaw
  • John Evelyn
  • Barbara Palmer (née Villiers), Duchess of Cleveland
  • Thomas Osborne, first Duke of Leeds (Lord Danby)
  • A Discription of ye Towne of Great Yaremouth in the County of Norfolke
  • Horatio Townshend, 1st Viscount Townshend
  • Henry Howard, 6th Duke of Norfolk
  • Margaret Paston, Lady Bedingfeld
  • John Hildeyard, D. C. L., Prebendary of Norwich
  • A Sermon Preached at the Funeral of the Right Honourable Robert Earl and Viscount Yarmouth, Baron of Paston
  • The Piazzetta from the Bacino di San Marco
  • William Bentinck, first Earl of Portland
  • Letter from Katherine Paston, née Knyvett, to her son William Paston
  • Letter from Katherine Paston, née Knyvett, to her son William Paston
  • Sketch after a lost portrait of Nicholas Stone the Younger
  • Ferdinando II de’ Medici in Oriental Costume
  • Engines for grinding stone
  • Engine for drilling holes through porphery and other hard stone
  • The Florentine Diamond (no. 2, top left)
  • Imperiale villa della Sereni.ma Arciducessa di Toscana
  • The Aegyptian Pyramides & Colossus
  • William Feilding, first Earl of Denbigh
  • Pleasure house in Lodovisnis Villa
  • A group of men among the ruins of the Forum
  • Studies of men, horses, and statues
  • John Taylor the Water-Poet
  • Robert May
  • Description of a glass beehive
  • The Whole Art of Drawing, Painting, Limning, and Etching
  • Frontispiece in Museum Wormiani Historia
  • King Charles I
  • Lady Paston
  • Louis XIV of France as a Young Man
  • William Cartwright
  • The Green Closet at Ham House
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • William Faithorne the Elder
  • Self-Portrait
  • Alexander Browne
  • The Assumption of the Virgin Mary
  • Moses on Mount Sinai and the Brazen Serpent
  • Saint Nicholas Presents Children to the Virgin and Child
  • Unidentified scene from a Roman history
  • Sacrificial scene
  • Study of statuary, including one of the marble horses of the Quirinal
  • Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple
  • The Vision of St. Jerome
  • The Last Supper
  • Design for the title-page to Commentaria in Pentateuchum Mosis
  • Catalogue of the Library of the Right Honourable the Earl of Yarmouth
  • Palazzi di Genova
  • Coeli Stellati Christiani Haemisphaerium Prius
  • Humani corporis ossium
  • The second Earl of Warrington’s library at Dunham Massey
  • Views between Rome and Naples dedicated to Thomas Henshaw
  • Collegii Greshamensis
  • The Alchemist’s Laboratory
  • The Bird of Hermes depicted in the Ripley Scrolls
  • Notes in Robert Paston’s hand on the reverse of his copy of one of Théodore Turquet de Mayerne’s manuscripts
  • Secretts received from Carew Raleigh, in his recipe book
  • Still Life with Parrot
  • Hermes presents Pandora to King Epimetheus
  • Frontispiece depicting Atalanta and Hippomenes
  • Dorothy, Lady Browne (née Mileham), and Sir Thomas Browne
  • Emblem 21
  • The Alchemist
  • Fasciculus Chemicus, or, Chymical Collections, frontispiece
  • John Bankes and his Tutor Sir Maurice Williams
  • The History of the Most Renowned Don Quixote of Mancha, title page
  • The History of the Most Renowned Don Quixote of Mancha, dedication page
  • The Paston Treasure
  • Carved auricular frame
  • Elizabeth Murray, Lady Tollemache, later Countess of Dysart and Duchess of Lauderdale, with a Black Servant
  • Monkeys and Parrots
  • Monkeys and Parrots and The Paston Treasure, details
  • Macro-XRF scans of the two parrots illustrating differences in the painter's palette (left: Monkeys and Parrots; right: The Paston Treasure)
  • Underportrait of girl beneath Monkeys and Parrots (canvas turned 90 degrees to the left)
  • Vervet monkey
  • African grey parrot
  • Still Life
  • Luyckx’s Still Life lobster and bowl (left) are the same scale as those in The Paston Treasure (right)
  • The angle and execution of the recorders in Luyckx's Still Life (left) and The Paston Treasure (right)
  • A Still Life with a Pie on a Silver Plate
  • Banquet Still Life with Silver and Gilt Vessels, a Nautilus Shell, Porcelain, Food and Other Items on a Draped Table
  • Ostrich cup
  • Still Life with Ostrich Cup and the Whitfield Heirlooms
  • A young Artist, probably a Self-Portrait, working in his Studio with a Still Life of Fruit, a Lute, a Violin and a Globe
  • The Cabinet of a Collector
  • Vanitas Still Life with African Servant
  • Princess Henrietta of Lorraine
  • Vanitas, or, Still Life with Skull
  • Banquet Piece with Lidded Cup and Poultry
  • Taste from The Five Senses
  • Pair of flagons
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Brass enamel shell cup
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Nautilus cup
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Nautilus cup
  • Nautilus cup
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • The Paston coat of arms engraved on an inner surface of the shell
  • Nicolaes de Grebber
  • Design for a nautilus cup on the back of a satyr
  • Mother-of-pearl flask
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • The Paston Treasure, detail of Turban snail shell flask with a Moor’s head
  • The Paston Treasure, detail of ewer with Neptune and a green turban snail shell
  • The Paston Treasure, detail of cup with cameo shell and Conch shell cup depicting the story of Atalanta
  • Atalanta Fugiens, title page
  • The Paston Treasure, detail of Nautilus cup with satyress
  • Verscheyde constige vindigen om in gout, plate 2
  • The Paston Treasure, detail of tankard
  • Tankard
  • The Paston Treasure, detail of Cowry snail shell flask and Indian star tortoise-shell flask
  • Powder flask
  • Nautilus shell, natural state
  • Nautilus shell, polished
  • Nautilus shell, sectioned
  • Green turban snail shell, natural state
  • Green turban snail shell, incrustations removed
  • Green turban snail shell, completely polished
  • Green turban snail shell, polished in sections
  • Turban cup, detail
  • Portrait of the Haarlem shell collector Jan Govertsen van der Aer
  • Strombus shell, natural state
  • Strombus shell, natural state
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Red Coral
  • Red Coral
  • Pair of scent flasks
  • Indian star tortoise shell
  • Ostrich-egg shell
  • Ostrich egg with band mounts and fastening for suspension
  • Agate, cut and polished
  • Rock Crystal
  • Terrestrial globe
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Terrestrial globe, detail
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Kraakware dish
  • Chinese kraak porcelain dish with ducks and a lotus pond
  • Woman’s bodice
  • Silver tissue dress
  • Woman’s bodice
  • Replica of the lute in The Paston Treasure
  • Jacques Gaultier
  • Lady Margaret Hay, Countess of Roxburghe
  • John Ash, an Englishman aged 19
  • The Lute Player
  • Double-headed twelve-course lute
  • The Great Picture
  • Viola da Gamba
  • Bass viol
  • Violin or treble viol bow
  • Violin
  • Pochette
  • Pochette
  • Pochette bow
  • Replica of a pochette bow
  • Trumpet and tassel
  • Tenor Recorder
  • Charon, O Charon heare a wretch opprest
  • Charon, O Charon heare a wretch opprest
  • Livre septieme des chanssons a quatre parties, nouvellement recorrige
  • Nautilus cup, detail
  • Enamel-cased watch
  • Enamel-cased watch
  • Enamel-cased watch, reverse
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Sand-glass
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Wall clock
  • The Paston Treasure, detail
  • Chiming clock
  • View of Oxnead Hall
  • Oxnead Hall, Norfolk
  • View of Oxnead Hall
  • Oxnead Hall, Norfolk
  • Paston Hall
  • The Frewen Cup
  • The Frewen Cup, detail
  • Nautilus shell cup
  • Mounted nautilus shell drinking cup
  • Nautilus cup in the shape of a crane
  • Nautilus vase
  • Mounted turbo shell drinking cup
  • Ewer and salver
  • Tankard
  • Dish
  • Standing cup and cover
  • Standing cup and cover
  • Rearing Horse
  • Trotting Horse
  • Pomander
  • Coconut cup and cover
  • Coconut cup and cover
  • Mazer bowl and cover
  • Pair of bellows
  • Bellows, at the Time of Queen Elizabeth
  • A rectangular lacquer casket and hinged cover
  • Standing cup
  • Cabinet
  • Collector’s cabinet
  • An Italian gold, enamel and gem-set mounted standing bowl
  • Red carnelian cup with gilt filigree mount
  • A silver-gilt mounted rock crystal tankard
  • Bottle
  • Pot
  • A pair of small blue-glazed stem bowls
  • The Return of Sarah by the Egyptians
  • The Lee Ring
  • Medusa cameo ring
  • Moor’s head cameo
  • Cameo
  • Regalia of the Order of the Garter, collar
  • Regalia of the Order of the Garter: badge of Greater George, badge of Lesser George, and Garter
  • Jewellery inventory and valuation
  • Jewellery inventory and valuation
  • A Magdalen
  • Old Painters’ Hall
  • Mary Magdalene
  • Perseus Rescuing Andromeda
  • Charles Stuart, third Duke of Richmond and sixth Duke of Lennox
  • Portrait of a Youth
  • Elizabeth Dormer, Countess of Carnarvon (née Capel)
  • Queen Henrietta Maria
  • Lady with a Theorbo
  • The Last Supper
  • Vanity (Vanitas)
  • An Alchemist
  • A Saint with a Crucifix in a Rocky Landscape
  • A Saint with a Crucifix in a Rocky Landscape, detail
  • Design for a Funerary Monument to Albert Rubens
  • The Continence of Scipio
  • Two Fighting Putti
  • King David and a Prophet
  • Letter
  • The Seven Sorrows of Mary, or The Ashwellthorpe Triptych
  • The Ashwellthorpe Triptych, closed
  • Charlemagne
  • Edward IV of England
  • Engelbert II of Nassau
  • Richard III of England
  • Ferdinand of Aragon
  • Philip of Cleves
  • Louis XII of France
  • Christian II of Denmark
  • Francis I of France
  • Sir Thomas Knyvett
  • Man aged 27 in 1569
  • Seal and case
  • The Laste Volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande, title page
  • The Laste Volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotlande, and Irelande
  • Late antique or medieval jug with mounts
  • Ship (Nef)
  • The Moore Psalter
  • Lute tablature
  • A Choice of Emblemes, and Other Devises
  • Paston Heraldic Roll
  • Paston Heraldic Roll, detail
  • Paston Heraldic Roll, details
  • Atlas of the Counties of England and Wales
  • Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine
  • Sir Thomas Herne
  • Oxnead Church, Tomb of Clement Paston ob. 1597
  • Mural Monument to Lady Katherine Paston
  • Tomb of Clement Paston
  • Tomb of Katherine Paston, née Knyvett
  • Tomb of Edmund Paston
  • Tomb of Katherine Paston, née Knyvett, detail
  • Funerary monument to Katherine Paston, née Bertie
  • Tomb of Sir William Paston
  • Sir William Paston
  • Sir William Paston, detail
  • Nile crocodile
  • An Alchemist in His Laboratory
  • Henry Stone
  • Sketchbook of landscape and figure studies, and drawings after Italian masters and the Antique made during Henry Stone's Italian sojourn
  • The Massacre of the Innocents, in Henry Stone's sketchbook
  • Sketchbook containing drawings of buildings in France and Italy: plans, elevations, sections, and details of churches, palazzi, and villas in Paris, Florence, and Rome
  • Sa. Suzanna, Roma, in Nicholas Stone's sketchbook
  • Design for a carved picture frame, in Nicholas Stone's sketchbook
  • A nobleman pointing towards the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany
  • Dialogo di Galileo Galilei Linceo, matematico sopraordinario dello studio di Pisa
  • Replica of the Florentine Diamond
  • The Florentine Diamond, detail
  • Pietre dure tabletop
  • A stone picture with the armes of the family
  • View of the Villa and Garden of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Monte Pincio, Rome
  • Wineglass
  • The Archdukes Albert and Isabella Visiting the Collection of Pierre Roose
  • A Picture Gallery
  • The Linder Gallery
  • A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof
  • A Pisgah-Sight of Palestine and the Confines Thereof, title page
  • John Milton, frontispiece to Poems
  • The New World of English Words, or, A General Dictionary, frontispiece and title page
  • A bezoar stone from Goa with case and stand
  • Pyramidographia, or, A Description of the Pyramids in Ægypt
  • John Greaves
  • The Pyramids in Egypt, from The Seven Wonders of The World, plate 7
  • Dorothy, Lady Browne (née Mileham), and Sir Thomas Browne
  • Anglo-Saxon burial urn
  • The Fireplace and Overmantel from Sir Thomas Browne’s House, Haymarket, Norwich
  • Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, or, A Brief Discourse of the Sepulchrall Urnes Lately Found in Norfolk
  • Portrait of Sir John Holland of Quidenham
  • The Most Honourable Sir William Paston, Baronet, (Honoratissimi Domini Gulielmi Paston Baronetti Effigies)
  • The Most Honourable Lady Paston (Honoratissima Domina Paston Effigies)
  • The Genealogie of the Right Honorable Sir Robert Paston of Paston in the County of Norfolke, Knight and Baronet, Lord Paston of Paston, and Viscount Yarmouth, title page
  • Robert Paston, first Earl of Yarmouth
  • The Right Honourable Robert, Earl and Viscount Yarmouth, Baron of Paston
  • Lady known as Rebecca Paston, Countess of Yarmouth
  • Letter addressed to My deare hart
  • The Madonna della Misericordia Protecting Sir Henry Bedingfeld, first Baronet, Margaret Paston, Lady Bedingfeld and Their Family
  • Thomas Henshaw, aged 77
  • Letter concerning the futility of alchemy
  • Letter concerning the futility of alchemy, detail
  • Robert Paston, first Earl of Yarmouth
  • The Portsmouth Captains
  • William Paston, second Earl of Yarmouth
  • Charlotte Paston, Countess of Yarmouth, née Charlotte Boyle, Mrs. James Howard
  • Charles, Lord Paston
  • Lady Charlotte Paston
  • Lady Rebecca Paston
  • William Paston
  • Bearing cloth
  • Portrait of King Charles II of England
  • King Charles II
  • Recipe book
  • Recipe book, detail
  • Recipe book
  • Arcano fisico-chimico (Medical-alchemical secrets)
  • Arcano fisico-chimico (Medical-alchemical secrets), detail
  • Charon, O Charon heare a wretch opprest
  • Charon, O Charon heare a wretch opprest
  • Charon, O Charon heare a wretch opprest
  • Charon, O Charon heare a wretch opprest
  • Charon, O Charon heare a wretch opprest
  • Charon, O Charon heare a wretch opprest
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~In the posthumously published tract Musæum Clausum, or, Bibliotheca Abscondita (1684), the physician Sir Thomas Browne of Norwich (1605–1682) made an inventory of objects in an imaginary collection: “Remarkable Books, Antiquities, Pictures & Rarities of Several Kinds, Scarce or Never Seen by Any Man Now Living”....
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~The Paston Treasure has been a project of immense scope and scale, involving a wealth of contributors and supporters. Although it is impossible to thank everyone individually, we extend our gratitude to all who have been part of the project over the many years of its production.
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Paston Family Tree
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The World in One Painting
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So much is remarkable about The Paston Treasure (fig. 1) that, as an example of the rich variety of its secrets, we may begin with the most unremarked upon and overlooked motif of all (fig. 2). It is rarely the case that anyone...
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The Paston Treasure may at first sight appear to be a typical example of the seventeenth-century Netherlandish still-life tradition, embedded in the practice of generations of preceding masters...
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Description: The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World
The Paston Treasure is a technically ambitious painting, in which traditional genres and personal interests meld to produce a singular work of art. Swishes and dabs of paint pattern the canvas with shimmering highlights and pulses of bright colour, steering the gaze across familiar and resplendent surfaces. And...
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The technical analysis of a painting provides new insights into artistic technique, the original mixture and application of pigments, and the history of the object’s conservation. It can also help with questions of attribution or authenticity. X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is often used as an aid to investigate the composition of works of art, since it is both easily portable and...
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Imagine that you are a Dutch painter, a relatively recent arrival in England. You come up to Norfolk, perhaps from London (a two-day journey), because you have been commissioned by one of the country’s wealthiest families to paint their collection at their great house. You have brought with you painted studies on rolled canvas as well as model books of drawings, as aids to filling out the...
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Description: The Paston Treasure: Microcosm of the Known World
Traditionally, the painter of The Paston Treasure is thought to have been Dutch, and there are a number of links with the Netherlands. Some of the decorative objects in the painting correspond to existing Dutch examples. The silver-gilt mounts of...
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The Paston Treasure can be described as an accumulation of things presented for the eyes in a visual mode that was central to the intertwined cultures of wonder and scientific inquiry in seventeenth-century Europe.See Daston and Park, Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1998, esp. 255–301; and Alpers,...
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On a massive wooden table, a diverse assortment of precious objects, musical instruments, timepieces, and other collectibles is carefully arrayed so that each object of note is individually presented to the viewer’s gaze. Many of the objects, such as the tortoiseshell bottle, the strombus-shell and nautilus-shell cups, and the silver-gilt...
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In 1640, Thomas Knyvett, a cousin of William Paston, first Baronet (1610–1663), reported from Oxnead Hall in Norfolk that he “might spend another week [there] & not see all the rarityes. Indeed heer is a world of curiosityes & some very rich ones, [such] as cabinets...
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Described as “nothing but a heap of rubbage” in the late 1730s, in “utmost ruins” by 1744, and then reduced to a single range of building by...
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Blickling Hall does not disappoint on first view: massive yew hedges and two service wings immediately direct the eye to the house’s magnificent frontage (fig. 102). Today, little of Oxnead Hall survives apart from what was, originally, a service wing and dairy. But it once rivalled Blickling, as did its magnificent contents. The two houses stand less than...
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Although The Paston Treasure is very far from being a...
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In collections of the type illustrated by The Paston Treasure and recorded in detail by the associated inventories—an assemblage following late Renaissance models, but standing chronologically at the threshold of the Enlightenment—objects from the natural world formed an essential component that...
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The Paston Treasure expresses symbolic exchanges between life and death, ancestors and descendants, objects and people, both within and outside its frame. Music—as material and practice— generates other dialogues in the painting between musical texts and objects, and the sounds they served to create. By depicting a songbook and instruments that are no longer known...
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The Paston family, from the village of Paston on the north-east Norfolk coast, rose to prominence in the fifteenth century. Their story is not unique—the population crash following the Black Death in the previous century inevitably gave rise to social and economic change, and lifted many of the former constraints on mobility imposed by the old feudal system. What is unique about the Pastons...
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Thomas Pecke (1637—c. 1664) published the above ode in 1659, just four years before the death of its dedicatee, Sir William Paston, first Baronet (1610–1663).The ode was published in Pecke’s Parnassi Puerperium, 1659, 179; McLellan, “Pecke, Thomas (b. 1637, d. in or after...
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Precise evidence concerning the Paston family’s collection of paintings is scant. It comprises the inventories (see...
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Over the years, it seems that every object in The Paston Treasure has been scrutinized. However, the two albums perched on a shelf at the top right of the image, obscured by some antlers and a dangling cord, have received little attention (fig. 166). On the one hand, the volumes might be books, but as they are unopened, have no title or any other clue, we...
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The history of private libraries is frequently problematic. The difficulty is compounded when the library in question was dispersed in 1734, and was kept in a house mostly demolished by the 1740s. The...
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Robert Paston’s wide-ranging interests in “chymistry” (as the early-modern science of understanding the composition and transformation of matter was called) and his veritable obsession with alchemy are well-documented, not least in his correspondence with...
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The natural and artificial curiosities displayed in the painting known as The Paston Treasure were largely assembled by Sir William Paston, first Baronet (1610–1663), over the course of his travels in Italy, Egypt, Jerusalem, Turkey, and the Netherlands— and also possibly by his ancestors (see chapter 15). This collection then passed to Sir...
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In 1670 The Voyage or a Complete Journey through Italy was published posthumously in Paris. In it, the English Catholic writer Richard Lassels (c. 1603–1668) extolled the educational benefits of Continental travel.For a discussion of Lassels’s text and the various manuscripts on which it is based, see...
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The Painting
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The Collection
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~~A total of eleven Paston inventories survive from the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, adding greatly to our understanding of the breadth and quality of the Paston family collections; nine are published in this appendix. Together, they reveal why the family collections were universally praised by those...
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