Flora and Fauna at Burghley

Since the beginning of civilisation, mankind has recorded the natural world. Cave paintings and rock carvings found in various parts of Europe and Africa are testament to this; flora and fauna were often depicted with remarkable clarity of observation and skill.
In the modern era, craftsmen of all kinds continued to document the beauty of Nature, enormously enriching our culture and our lives as they became ever more skilled and their creations more sophisticated.
By the 18th Century, craftsmen in every medium were depicting elements of flora and fauna in intricate detail. In particular, the emerging European porcelain industry was strongly influenced by imported Oriental wares which reflected the traditional Japanese and Chinese reverence for the natural world.
This year’s exhibition features many items from the Burghley Collections that are not normally on view. It demonstrates diverse tastes in collecting and reflects an enduring appreciation of the beauties of Nature.