a tiny world of disproportionate curiosity;  a place where the traditions of art, fashion and theatre often coalesce in the surreal

31 March 2011

Flower Head: wunderkammer

This is an image that I photographed today of a shelf display in our

The curiosities are listed from left to right and top to bottom as follows...

a pair of celluloid swans found in an antique store many years ago, porcelain doll parts left behind by previous tenants of our house, paper flowers made for a long lost love but never given to him, a souvenir medallion presented to every school child in Australia in commemoration of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953, vintage keys to cupboards and bureaus long gone, silver seahorse brooche purchased at the Esplanade Market in St. Kilda, a cameo portrait of King George? bought at a junkshop in Westgarth, soviet medal purchased at Check Point Charlie Berlin, korean coin donated by a patron when I was busking as a living statue, Australian 2¢ copper coin c1975 (no longer in circulation) picturing a frilled neck lizard and displaying a tiny dead black beetle found in the garden here, minature heart-shaped wall plaque and copper kitchen utensils that I bought as a child at the most incredible antique dollhouse shop when we visited Nuremberg, Germany (home to this wonderous  toy museum )... I was allowed to choose one single thing (I believe it was an incredibly expensive shop), silver maori charm a gift from a friend, tiny gold crown button discovered at Camberwell Market, wooden hexagonal-shaped game piece from unknown source, 1970s flapper hat pin purchased on Etsy, 1940s metal printer's plate of a  shoe found in an Adelaide curiosity shop in the nineteen-eighty four 

...ah, the collecting of wonders never ceases at our house.

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