Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pope’s Architectural Cabinet

This priceless Renaissance cabinet resembling the facade of a Roman baroque church was designed for Pope Sixtus V between 1585 and 1590. Craftsmen recently spent 13 months and £50,000 restoring the Pope's Cabinet. Standing 13ft high and clad in bronze, silver, marble and semi-precious stones, it has been described as one of the most remarkable pieces of furniture ever created. Designed with exquisite architectural details and pietre dure, a technique similar to marquetry, the furniture piece contains 150 secret drawers. It is now the centre piece of an exhibition at the National Trust's Stourhead House in England.

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