Cottonian Collection Furniture

The items of furniture in the collection largely relate to the library and the needs of the collector.

Inside of a collector's cabinet

Inside of the Antwerp cabinet

The furniture dates from the 17th and 18th centuries and stores thousands of the collection’s volumes and prints. They include the fine bookcases especially commissioned to house the library and an Italian collector’s cabinet.

Thanks to a project supported by the Arts Council England’s Designation Development Fund, further research and conservation has been carried out on this collection.

Access the furniture online


  • View the findings of research and conservation in our Cottonian Furniture Guide below

Cottonian Furniture Guide 2014 [12.8MB] – this is a large file and could take a long time to download.]