Roman Splendour, English Arcadia

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    At Stourhead in Wiltshire, the Palladian mansion contains an extraordinary Roman cabinet glittering with gilt-bronze mounts, semi-precious stones and elaborate architectural ornament. Its facade conceals over 125 more-or-less secret drawers. The cabinet was brought to Stourhead in 1740 by Henry Hoare 'the Magnificent', of the Hoare banking dynasty; he had purchased it in Rome as made for Pope Sixtus V, the great rebuilder, whose papacy, from 1585 to 1590, coincided with the Spanish Armada. The superb quality of the 'Sixtus Cabinet' became apparent during restoration in 2006 - 07 and this prompted an investigation into its history.

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    Number of Pages: 304
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9781781300244
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    Listed in: Local history
    Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd

    Books by Simon Swynfen Jervis

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