Genoese medicine chest

Made:
1562-1566 in Italy
Genoese medicine chest, 16th century. Front three quarter view. Graduated grey background Genoese medicine chest, 16th century. Side three quarter view. Graduated grey background. Genoese medicine chest, 16th century. Detail front view. Black background. Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78 Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78

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Genoese medicine chest, 16th century. Front three quarter view. Graduated grey background
Science Museum Group Collection
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Genoese medicine chest, 16th century. Side three quarter view. Graduated grey background.
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Genoese medicine chest, 16th century. Detail front view. Black background.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Genoese medicine chest, 1562-1566. Medicine chest, large, leather covered, contains 71 bottles, some with labels, 78
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Medicine chest, large, leather covered, probably made for Vincenzo Guistiniani, Genoese Governor of between 1562 and 1566

Some of the bottles contained within this elaborate medicine chest still appear to have their 16th-century contents, including compounds such as rhubarb powder, juniper water and mustard oil.

Details

Category:
Materia Medica & Pharmacology
Object Number:
A641515 Pt167
Materials:
cotton (textile), gilt, iron, leather, paper (fibre product), textile, velvet and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (open): 695 mm x 680 mm x 415 mm, 37.5 kg
type:
medicine chest
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • furnishing - artefact
  • case furniture
  • chest
credit:
Giustiniani family