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The Besler Florilegium.

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Curiosities

Curiosities

This curated selection of curiosities covers the material culture not covered by other collections. These pieces are interesting because they are rare and have been treasured for a long time and speak to our place in history. You will find a broad assortment of functional and decorative objects from antiquity to early 20th century. Hopeful you will be surprised and amused. 

European Books

Book "The Common Reader" - Virginia Woolf - 1st edition

First Edition Books

Map - Nottingham Shire, England from 1780

Gifts

Old beautiful pieces add interest and texture to a home. Unique exceptional gifts are available well under $100. A rare old book, a beautiful piece of silver or porcelain can make sophisticated gifts. You will find a selection of these items to try and tempt you.
A Pair of Chemistry Beakers, circa 1970

Gifts under $100

Old beautiful pieces add interest and texture to a home. A rare old book, a beautiful piece of silver or porcelain can make sophisticated gifts. You will find a selection of these items to try and tempt you.
Set of 3 Chemistry Beakers, circa 1970s

Gifts under $200

Old beautiful pieces add interest and texture to a home. A rare old book, a beautiful piece of silver or porcelain can make sophisticated gifts. You will find a selection of these items to try and tempt you.
Book - Van Gogh from Vienna, 1936

Gifts under $50

Old beautiful pieces add interest and texture to a home. A rare old book, a beautiful piece of silver or porcelain can make sophisticated gifts. You will find a selection of these items to try and tempt you.
Large Pottery Storage Jar, 17th Century

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Large Furniture

Large Furniture

Over time a proper home required different and more refined pieces of furniture.  Armoires were a response to a room tax. By making a portable closet, they avoided this tax. Sideboards and buffets replaced court cupboards standing beautifully in the homes of aristocrats and the rapidly rising merchant class.  Dressers for their prized collection of clothing. Tables for dining and many other wonderful pieces.
Brass Floor Lamp

Lighting

Early lighting is rare. Often a candle or groups of candles were the end of the story. Fireplaces furnished lighting and heat, candles were luxury items.  Elaborately gilt decoration was meant to be seen by candle light. Oil lamps, common in antiquity, are sometimes found. Chandeliers were first candles, then gas, then about 1880 electrification came to the Paris Exposition and the lighting of the Avenue de l'Opera. Soon the most elegant and elaborate chandeliers imaginable were made in increasing amounts.
Mirrors

Mirrors

A very good mirror is a fraction of the cost of a good painting. Mirrors add light, texture, volume and interest to a room. Ancient mirrors were highly polished metal. Last I heard, glass mirrors were developed in Venice, Italy in the 1600's. An exceptional expensive luxury purchase early mirrors were fairly small.  I have trouble imaging a better way to brighten your room.
Standing Buddha Painted Stone Statue

New Arrivals

A quick glimpse at our newest finds.  We never know what will turn up next.  Take a quick look and see if anything stands out. Please verify availability. These pieces can sell very quickly. 
Pair of Napoleon III Armchairs, France Circa 1850

Seating

A broad category covering furniture used for seating. From rustic to refined, seating is an important part of making your home wonderful. It is worth noting most seating as we know it is a relatively recent development. The earliest chairs were thrones or meant for people of high status. In the 17th century chairs rose in popularity, often the most interesting were made as love tokens.
19th Century French Bouillotte Table

Tables

Some of our favorite early tables where made for taverns or pubs. We see early altar tables. One of our favorites is a tea sellers table. Soon the diversity in design was astounding.