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The Wunderkammer, or as it is called in English, the Cabinet of Curiosities, was the 16th century forerunner of the modern museum. European kings and princes would send emissaries to the far flung reaches of the known world to bring back strange, exotic and rare objects, which were installed in a dedicated room in the palace for the ruler’s enjoyment.

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early Victorian walnut and glass-cased shadow box fire screen with taxidermy birds

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