Friday, March 21, 2014

My Curiosity Cabinet

According to Wikipedia, Cabinets of curiosities (also known as Kunstkabinett, Kunstkammer, Wunderkammer, Cabinets of Wonder, and wonder-rooms) were encyclopedic collections of objects whose categorical boundaries were, in Renaissance Europe, yet to be defined. Modern terminology would categorize the objects included as belonging to natural history(sometimes faked), geology, ethnography, archaeology, religious or historical relics, works of art and antiquities. The curiosity cabinet was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater. 

I have always collected small things. All kinds of things, anything and everything that I like, love or means something to me. I have collected rocks, gems and sea shells since I was a kid, and anything else that strikes my fancy. I have always had some of these items on display in every home that I have live in, but they are so small and so random that it never seemed to work to have a large part of my collection out. When I remodeled my current house, I decided to find a large glass cabinet to display my "things" in. After a long search, I found the perfect cabinet at Antiquarian in Spokane. This beautiful antique cabinet is the perfect "Cabinet of Curiosity". Finally, most of my little curiosities are displayed where I can enjoy them. I hope that you enjoy seeing some of them, too.  


  1. Love all your smalls you collect! I'm like you, not sure why I love all the small, tiny treasures, but I do and love collecting them...Celia is the same...Sonia doesn't get it. Some day soon we have to have a home tour to share all our collections in our cabinets.Thank you for sharing some of your collections!!


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