The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World

Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World
is an incredible exhibition which brings together rare works of art originally featured in an unsigned painting by a Dutch artist which chronicles one of the greatest private art collections of seventeenth century England.

Central to the exhibition is a large, mysterious oil painting, circa 1665 named The Paston Treasure. The treasures in the painting are some of the objects owned by the Paston family which they amassed from travelling around the world. The entire collection was one of the most remarkable, privately assembled cabinets of rarities and curiosities in seventeenth century England. The Pastons are a famous Norfolk family whose country seat was Oxnead Hall (now a private dwelling) just outside Norwich.

This is a rare opportunity to see five actual objects from The Paston Treasure (circa 1665) for the first time in 300 years reunited with the painting.  This exhibition is not touring and will be a one-off chance to view something quite extraordinary. 

The exhibition also includes major loans from the period from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Chicago Institute of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Collection.


Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
23 June – 23 September 2018
Entrance to Castle includes exhibition tickets, adults £9.15, child (4 – 18) £8.10, family with 1 adult: £25, family with 2 adults: £33.40.


Read our City of Stories blog post about the exhibition including a film about this amazing painting narrated by Stephen Fry.

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