Saturday, May 25, 2013

Victorian glass domes

With crabs, starfish, taxidermy animals, natural curiosities of all sorts, the Victorian glass domes (or the Napoleon III era domes as they are called in France) are rare and extremely decorative objects.
 You can find them at Deyrolle, this beautiful Parisian treasure trove, which was substantially destroyed by a fire on february the 1st 2008 and lost most of it's inventory, but has since been rebuilt.

A particular beautiful dome can be found in the collection of Andre Breton, father of surrealism, artist and an avid collector of art, ethnographic material and unusual trinkets.

He was particularly interested in materials from the northwest coast of North America.
During a financial crisis he experienced in 1931, most of his collection, along with his friend Paul Eluard's was auctioned.
He subsequently rebuild the collection in his studio and home at rue Fontaine 32 in Paris.
The collection grew to over 5.300 items; modern paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs, books, art catalogs, journals, manuscripts and works of popular and oceanic art.
A wall of the apartment is preserved at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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