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exceptionnel et spectaculaire fourneau de pipe en écume de mer. Autriche, XIXème siècle

richement ouvragé et ajouré à toutes faces de style gothique flamboyant.  Le couvercle en argent et vermeil ciselé et ajouré du même motif que le fourneau.  L’ensemble présenté dans un étui en cuir noir. Selon la tradition,  cette pièce aurait été offerte par le Sultan de Turquie par  Victor-Emmanuel II, roi de Sardaigne, qui participa à ses  côtés à la guerre de Crimée. Hauteur du fourneau 20,5cm. (Deux colonnettes cassées manquantes sur le pourtour du fourneau) - Estimation : 3000 €

exceptionnel et spectaculaire fourneau de pipe en écume de mer. Autriche, XIXème siècle

richement ouvragé et ajouré à toutes faces de style gothique flamboyant.  Le couvercle en argent et vermeil ciselé et ajouré du même motif que le fourneau.  L’ensemble présenté dans un étui en cuir noir. Selon la tradition,  cette pièce aurait été offerte par le Sultan de Turquie par  Victor-Emmanuel II, roi de Sardaigne, qui participa à ses  côtés à la guerre de Crimée. Hauteur du fourneau 20,5cm. (Deux colonnettes cassées manquantes sur le pourtour du fourneau) - Estimation : 3000 €


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Rare gold mourning ring with a rectangular bezel set with a crystal covering a piece of dark hair with skull, painted in white. The hoop adorned with floral scrolls. Good condition. price on application

Ref: Charles Oman, British Rings 800-1914, 1974. (Victoria and Albert Museum)

00 EUR. Lot Sold11,250 EUR

http://elogedelart.canalblog.com/archives/cabinet_de_curiosites/p50-0.html

Rare gold mourning ring with a rectangular bezel set with a crystal covering a piece of dark hair with skull, painted in white. The hoop adorned with floral scrolls. Good condition. price on application

Ref: Charles Oman, British Rings 800-1914, 1974. (Victoria and Albert Museum)

00 EUR. Lot Sold11,250 EUR

http://elogedelart.canalblog.com/archives/cabinet_de_curiosites/p50-0.html


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~ Thursday, June 27 ~
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My Walter Potter kitten.

My Walter Potter kitten.


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(Source: frustaz)


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Victorian Toilets


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~ Friday, June 7 ~
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A bezoar is a mass found trapped, usually the gastrointestinal system, like a kidney stone or something, that can be organic or inorganic (sometimes with hair).  Bezoars became highly prized back in the Renaissance days when the upper crust people were poisoning each other for power right and left.  The Bezoars were thought to be magical and it was believed that putting a bezoar in your drinking glass or food would neutralize the poison.  As a result bezoars were quite expense and made into necklaces, rings, goblets …

There is a famous story that in 1575 a surgeon devised an experiment to test the properties of the bezoar stone. It happened that a cook at King’s court was caught stealing fine silver cutlery and was sentenced to death by hanging. The cook agreed to be poisoned instead. The surgeon used the bezoar stone to no great avail, as the cook died in agony seven hours later. 

Even more interesting, in tests at the Scripps Institute in modern times, it was discovered that the bezoars actually DO work as an antidote to arsenic, just not all poisons.


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~ Wednesday, June 5 ~
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Crazy Taxidermy Museum - Stuffed Animals in Costumes (1965) [HD] (by britishpathe)

Thanks Joanna E.

Just love the bassoon soundtrack… so 60’s. 


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Alastair Mackie

If you are in Berlin, they have one mouse skull ball on exhibition at the ME Gallery.  I was just there last month, it is part of their Wunderkammer exhibit.  Which is Awesome!


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