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Author Ellis, Elizabeth, 1950-

Title Rare & curious : the secret history of Governor Macquarie's collectors' chest / Elizabeth Ellis
Edition [Revised edition]
Published Carlton, Vic. : The Miegunyah Press : State Library New South Wales, 2011


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  749.3 Ell/Rac 2011  AVAILABLE
Description x, 275 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 19 x 25 cm
regular print
Summary Rare & Curious uncovers the secret histories of the Macquarie and Dixson Galleries collectors' chests for the first time, telling stories of ambition and failure, friendship and betrayal, intrigue and mystery. The Macquarie collectors' chest, an enigmatic wooden cabinet filled with painted panels and exotic treasures, was created in Australia for Governor Lachlan Macquarie in around 1818. It was taken to the United Kingdom, and languished forgotten and unnoticed in a Scottish castle until it was rediscovered in the late 1970s. The Mitchell Library of New South Wales acquired the chest, and its remarkable similarity to the Dixson Galleries collectors' chest, acquired by the Library in 1937, raised intriguing questions about the cabinets' creators, owners and purpose
Analysis Collector's cabinets
Notes Previously published: 2010
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Text © State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 2011
Subject Macquarie, Lachlan, 1761-1824 -- Collectibles.
Macquarie, Lachlan, 1761-1824 -- Natural history collections.
Chests -- Australia -- History -- 19th century.
Chests -- Australia -- History.
Chests -- Australia.
Collectibles -- Australia -- History.
Furniture -- Australia -- History.
Dixson Galleries collectors' chest (Furniture)
Furniture -- Australia.
Macquarie's collectors' chest (Furniture)
Natural history -- 19th century -- Catalogs and collections -- Australia -- History.
Australia -- Collectibles -- History.
Australia -- Collectibles.
Author State Library of New South Wales.
ISBN 9780522861174 (hbk.)
Other Titles Secret history of Governor Macquarie's collectors' chest
Rare and curious