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Unicorns’ horns, mermaids’ skeletons, stuffed and preserved animals and plants, work in precious metals, clocks, scientific instruments, celestial globes . . . all knowledge, the whole cosmos arranged on shelves. Such were the cabinets of curiosities of the seventeenth century, the last period of history when man could aspire to know everything.

Who were the collectors? They were archdukes and kings—the Emperor Rudolf II was the prince of all collectors—rich merchants and scholars, and their collections ranged from a single crowded room to whole palatial suites. Patrick MaurieÌ€s traces the amazing history of these “rooms of wonders” in this ingeniously erudite survey. Not many of the rooms survive, though there are pictorial records, but their contents still exist and are among the treasures of museums all over the world.

Book News Annotation:

This is a reprint of a 2002 book. Patrick Mauriés is a Paris-based writer who has written many books on design and fashion. Here he discusses collections--in particular, those made by royals and elites as well as merchants and scholars during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Typically, the collections were of items found in nature, stored or presented in cabinets--the uniform compartments bestowing order on eclectic assortments while emphasizing their unusual or intriguing characteristics. While this is a highly visual book with full-page photos of objects and numerous smaller illustrations, the text is by no means negligible. The author's essays and captions fully describe social and cultural context, personalities, and the objects themselves. The volume is oversize: 9x12". Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"Bound to entertain anyone who is intellectually curious, and serve as a source of inspiration for interior decorators and contemporary artists."--

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Unicorns' horns, mermaids' skeletons, stuffed and preserved animals and plants, work in precious metals, clocks, scientific instruments, celestial globes . . . all knowledge, the whole cosmos arranged on shelves. Such were the cabinets of curiosities of the seventeenth century, the last period of history when man could aspire to know everything. Who were the collectors? They were archdukes and kings--the Emperor Rudolf II was the prince of all collectors--rich merchants and scholars, and their collections ranged from a single crowded room to whole palatial suites. Patrick Maurie`s traces the amazing history of these "rooms of wonders" in this ingeniously erudite survey. Not many of the rooms survive, though there are pictorial records, but their contents still exist and are among the treasures of museums all over the world.

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Patrick Mauri

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500515945
Author:
Mauries, Patrick
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Subject:
General
Subject:
Antiques-General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20111001
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
139 full-color and 133 black-and-white i
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
12.25 x 9 in

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"Synopsis" by , Unicorns' horns, mermaids' skeletons, stuffed and preserved animals and plants, work in precious metals, clocks, scientific instruments, celestial globes . . . all knowledge, the whole cosmos arranged on shelves. Such were the cabinets of curiosities of the seventeenth century, the last period of history when man could aspire to know everything. Who were the collectors? They were archdukes and kings--the Emperor Rudolf II was the prince of all collectors--rich merchants and scholars, and their collections ranged from a single crowded room to whole palatial suites. Patrick Maurie`s traces the amazing history of these "rooms of wonders" in this ingeniously erudite survey. Not many of the rooms survive, though there are pictorial records, but their contents still exist and are among the treasures of museums all over the world.
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