make believe {lafaille cabinet de curiosites}

keeping with the idea of whimsy and fancy (as in the noun), this series of posts called make believe will further allow me to engage in my predilection for fantasy.

today, i shall pretend that i just returned from the lafaille cabinet de curiosites in la rochelle, france.
les musees d'histoires naturelle de la rochelle
28, rue albert 1er
17000 la rochelle, france
the cabinet lafaille is a very rococo 19th century curiosity cabinet in a louis XV style room lined with ivory and saffron colored cases stuffed with coral, reptiles and birds perched on branches.

toward the center of the room is an elegant walnut chest of drawers and tables topped with powder-blue silk lined glass cases brimming with seashells and crystal.


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{image 1: smithsonian institution on flickr; images 2, 5: les musees d'histoires naturelle de la rochelle; images 3, 4: world of interiors, 2000}

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