Cabinets of Wonder

Cabinets of Wonder

A Passion for Collecting

Book - 2012
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Skulls, butterflies, hunting trophies, ancient Egyptian artifacts, the alleged skeletons of mythological creatures, and many other mysterious oddities fill cabinets of wonder. A centuries-old tradition developed in Europe during the Renaissance, cabinets of wonder (also known as curiosity cabinets) are once again in fashion. Shops, restaurants, and private residences echo these cabinets in their interior design, by making use of the eclectic vintage objects commonly featured in such collections. Cabinets of Wonder showcases exceptional collections in homes and museums, with more than 180 photographs, while also explaining the history behind the tradition, the best-known collections, and the types of objects typically displayed. Offering both a historical overview and a look into contemporary interior design, this extravagantly illustrated book celebrates the wonderfully odd world of cabinets of wonder.
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2012.
ISBN: 9781419705540
1419705547
Characteristics: 231 p. : col. ill. ; 31 cm.

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stewaroby Dec 22, 2013

An absolutly fascinating book to dip into. Add the places these things can be found to your list of places to visit around the world. My favourite is the taxidermied monkey wearing a crown.

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BlueBee1560
Jun 08, 2013

Who knew people had so many wonderful/eccentric/wondrous things in their cabinets? Quite frankly, I was amazed at how the high resolution the images were in the book. Each page comes with a photo spread that takes up from 1-5 pages at a time. If not for the small text of descriptions then, at least take a gander at what's in this treasure trove of a book! Definite eye-candy.

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Jun 08, 2013

BlueBee1560 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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