synonymous with Cabinet of Curiousities.
It’s a word that came up in college during a History of Design class. And I have never forgotten it. It describes these crazy collections that were put together during the Renaissance. Devotion is the fuel of collections. People collect things, even if they aren’t concrete. It’s slightly obsessive. But that’s what’s so compelling about seeing a collection of things. There’s a method to the madness. Collections are a collector’s story. Sometimes these groupings are hard to categorize. But there is a power to them.
These Wunderkammer are snippets from the Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show 2011 in Brimfield, MA.