Exploring the Wild and Exotic at Felbrigg

Curious Cabinets

During the 2018 and 2019 season, Felbrigg hosted exciting installations in the service wing, with four curious cabinets containing unseen items from the collection.

Explore the objects brought to Felbrigg Hall by generations of colourful characters, whose exotic travels and sometimes wild interests shaped every corner.

Working with theatre designer, Gary McCann, four extraordinary pieces of furniture, curious cabinets if you like, display exotic items from the collection previously not on display.

Curious Cabinets

The Obelisk

In the Estate Office a black structure sits in the centre of the room. Eyes within the surface invite the onlooker to peer inside and observe the secrets within. Small items, which in normal circumstances are easily overlooked, are housed within their own vitrines.

The reliquary

The Reliquary

In the Turnery a large gilded casket decorated with skulls contains a series of relic. Some bear testament to the religious and moral beliefs of the residents of the house, whilst some appear more concerned with pleasure.

The mirror

The Mirror

Discreetly positioned against a wall in the Servant's Hall, the Mirror Cabinet blends in with its surroundings. The contents celebrate the lives of the "invisible people" who kept everything running behind the scenes.


The Diorama

At home amongst the glazed boxes of taxidermy in the Bird Corridor, the Diorama is concerned with the remorseless turning of the great wheel of time. Scenes reminiscent of Brueghel or Bosch play out within this display cabinet - small porcelain figures flee from moth-eaten stuffed weasels, and fine china lies abandoned within the blasted slopes of a volcanic eruption.

These curious cabinets will be on display in our service wing throughout the 2018 and 2019 season.


Meet the Artist - Gary McCann 

Meet the artist behind these extraordinary pieces of furniture.