Sharing his brother’s passion for insects and the natural world with no manner by which to explore it, Edbridge applied his newfound mechanical skills to the painstaking construction of entire species of mechanical insects – spiders, moths, butterflies, dragonflies, bees – if it buzzed, stung, crawled or creeped, Edbridge was sure to have crafted a mechanical replica of it. Driven nearly mad with envy and jealously, his plan was to unleash his insect army upon his brother’s vast and beautifully displayed collections like an invading, devouring plague of brass and gears. Edbridge’s mounting madness caught up with him before he could achieve his destructive aims, however, and he was quietly tucked away in a remote asylum, his care happily subsidized by Cecil, who felt free of him at last. In searching his meager flat, the small cabinets of curiosities in which he housed his mechanical creations were discovered, and are still coveted by collectors for their odd beauty and attention to detail that only the maddest of obsessions can achieve. One such Wunderkammer is offered here.
A Cabinet of Curiosities – you know you’d kill for one, but who has the room? This miniature jewel of a Wunderkammer is the perfect solution. Measuring 7 ¼” high (with feet) x 2 ¾” wide and 1 ½” deep, this one of a kind treasure is constructed out of a hand-stained partitioned case with glass that slides out should you desire to add to the collection. Small brass insects, which have been painstaking embellished with various watch parts and gears, inhabit each artpaper-backed cell, along with shells, starfish, natural ephemera, a winged mechanical mask, a wax-sealed specimen bottle, a golden pumpkin, a tiny key and a real seahorse. The cabinet rests on ornate antiqued brass feet and the glass slides from the top via a lovely art nouveau pull. The small brass latch on the front is decorative, as is the tiny bat at the bottom. A small magnifying lens to better inspect the contents is attached by a tasseled golden cord. Signed on the bottom, this unique piece will add unspeakable panache to your décor. Insurance included in shipping price.
First photo is cabinet without glass so that items can be viewed without glare. Please note that the outside items (gargoyle, shell and fossil) are NOT included - they're just for ambience. The glass and pull are pictured in the second photo, along with my hand, so you can get a sense of scale. The third photo is the cabinet on my (messy) studio desk where it was born.
Story is copyright Ramona Szczerba 2009. Copyright to this material is in no way transferable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither item nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!
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