Dating old curio cabinets

The Kunstkammer of Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor (ruled 1576–1612), housed in the Hradschin at Prague, was unrivalled north of the Alps; it provided a solace and retreat for contemplation Rudolf's uncle, Ferdinand II, Archduke of Austria, also had a collection, with a special emphasis on paintings of people with interesting deformities, which remains largely intact as the Chamber of Art and Curiosities at Ambras Castle in Austria.

The earliest pictorial record of a natural history cabinet is the engraving in Ferrante Imperato's Dell'Historia Naturale (Naples 1599) (illustration, left).

about the very audible grrrooaaannn my husband would give me as I lugged one more piece of furniture into our achingly cramped garage. And just like Annie Sloan chalk paint, there’s no prep work involved–no sanding, priming, stripping–and it bonds to nearly anything. But when I compared it to Annie Sloan, there were clear noticeable differences: When I lifted the paint brush from the container, the paint didn’t budge. (I’m getting hungry now…) But the thick “custard” has something called nano-technology (don’t let me get all technical because I’m clueless), but this nano-technology allows it to bond to ANY surface and hides imperfections within the piece because the paint is “self-leveling” which is awesome! It actually has a little bit of shine/glossy sheen which seems to help it spread easier without having to dip my brush as often, which was nice.

I can just imagine the number of people looking at this china cabinet gasping “OMG, she if left untouched. But I’ve noticed that a bunch of furniture paints are hitting the market and I’m sooo curious about how they stack up to what I consider to be the Gold Standard (a.k.a. So this company called RECLAIM Beyond Paint (now called Beyond Paint) ironically reached out to me and offered to let me try a couple of their paints (I chose Nantucket and Off White). I mean, Just like other furniture paints, it’s made especially for cabinets and furniture.

It has beautiful color, so it hasn't been stripped and refinished, all of that. APPRAISER: It has these lovely brass strap hinges that are nice, again very aesthetic movement.

This is beautiful mahogany, carved, highly detailed.

Free In-Home Delivery in your home takes about 3 weeks to most areas by a furniture carrier who will call in advance to coordinate a delivery day for your new curio cabinet.

They will unbox it, inspect it and place it in the room of your choice.

Even with Annie Sloan, two coats are usually required for full, even coverage.

"The Kunstkammer was regarded as a microcosm or theater of the world, and a memory theater.

The Kunstkammer conveyed symbolically the patron's control of the world through its indoor, microscopic reproduction." Besides the most famous, best documented cabinets of rulers and aristocrats, members of the merchant class and early practitioners of science in Europe formed collections that were precursors to museums.

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 (including cabinet paintings), and antiquities.

The term cabinet originally described a room rather than a piece of furniture.

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