In pictures: Treasured Possessions from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Around 300 objects from the 15th to the 18th centuries go on show in Cambridge in March, to chart the history of our love of shopping, revealing the tastes and talents of those who commissioned and created them

Pair of shoes, English, c1700–30


‘The Daughters of Sir Matthew Decker’, by Jan van Meyer, 1718


Cylinder watch and chatelaine, by William Webster, Stephen Goujon and George Michael Moser, 1761-2


Dog money box, Brislington, 1717


Folding ‘Trompe l’oeil’ fan, English, c1750


Nautilus shell cup, China and London, c1580–6


Posset pot with salver, Brislington, 1685–6


Sampler, Ann Smith, Scottish or English, 1766–7


Teapot, Staffordshire, c1755–65


Treasured Possessions from Renaissance to Enlightenment is on show at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, from 24 March–6 September 2015, and admission is free. For more information visit


All images © Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge


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