The Chirk cabinet by Unknown Artist

The Chirk cabinet is also known as the Charles II Cabinet, with upper panels from the studio of Frans Francken the Younger.


Ebony, tortoiseshell, silver, oil on copper, wood
136 x 115 x 53 cm
Art Fund grant:
£35,000 ( Total: £280,000)
Acquired in:
Capt David Middleton

The cabinet has a drop-front decorated with filigree-like silver and elaborate silver mounts.The interior and exterior are set with paintings on copper. The main scenes are 'Christ and the Canaanite Woman', 'Sinite Parvulos' and 'Christ and the Centurion'.


Reputedly given by Charles II to Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1661; almost certainly at Chirk Castle since 1661.

Venue details

Chirk Castle Chirk, WREXHAM Wrexham LL14 5AF 01691 777701

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £11.80)

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