From handcrafted marbleized paper pieces to exotic mineral sculptures, these fabulous finds are sure to add sparkle to your cabinet of curiosities.
Formed millions of years ago, Studio Greytak’s geological masterpieces artfully juxtapose the elaborate ornamentation of a French curio cabinet from ABC Home. Malachite Botryoidal on Pink Cast Glass Base (top) and Colombian Quartz on Cast Bronze (bottom) are created first by Mother Nature and then composed by Montana’s John Greytak. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and an example of how pressure can produce stunning results.
Like many creatives before him, fashion designer-turned-artist Rogan Gregory looked to the female being as muse for his “Fertility Form” series. The stainless steel and bronze sculptures—nestled in an antique velvet-lined cabinet from ABC Home—are made of multiple parts stacked together and represent the many different cycles of life. These pieces, along with the salt & pepper shaker set (bottom center), exemplify Gregory’s focus on lines, proportion and asymmetrical harmony.
Michigan-based maker Erika Stefanutti, founder of Parvum Opus, describes her hand-marbled paper obelisks, architectural models and shadow boxes as “aesthetically pleasing collector’s objects fit for a Wunderkammer.” Inspired by the Grand Tour era when travelers would acquire mementos from far-away places, the objets are a testament to how tangible items act as visual reminders of memorable experiences while also celebrating the spirit of handmade craft. Here, a grouping of marbled finds is displayed in an early- 20th-century glass-front cabinet from Brooklyn-based City Foundry.
En masse or on their own, Creel and Gow’s Stone and Mineral Spheres captivate, as do the many other exotic finds in the Upper East Side’s treasure-trove storefront. Ranging from rock crystal and zebra agate to green fluorite and orange calcite, each sphere is mounted on custom brass stands in varying heights. Seen here in an oak cabinet from antique purveyor Olde Good Things, the colorful, solid globes beg to be collected and arranged.
From the classic Hurricane to the towering Leech Bowl—named after the medicinal crawler the vessels were designed to hold in British apothecaries in the 18th and 19th centuries— KRB owner Kate Rheinstein Brodsky commissioned these eye-catching glass forms in vibrant colors (shown here in amber, amethyst and brilliant blue) to delight modern collectors. Perched on the Leech Bowl is a papier-mâché snake by artist Mark Gagnon, and all objects rest atop a midcentury wood cabinet from Olde Good Things.
Elizabeth Hayt’s whimsical floral creations stem from the natural world, yet nod to escapism, Surrealism and Art Nouveau influences. Made of brass, velvet, vintage millinery and Swarovski crystals, the maximalist, colorful Roses and Lilies add a jolt of playfulness to a vintage brushed-steel apothecary cabinet sourced by City Foundry
Cosima velvet by Colefax & Fowler throughout, cowtan.com