grande-spirito

grande-spirito:

Matthew Simmonds, an art historian and architectural  carver based in Italy, has created a collection of exceptionally beautiful miniature spaces carved from . Having worked on a number of restoration projects in the  – from Westminster Abbey to Ely Cathedral - his skills have been transferred into work of a much smaller, if not more intricate, scale. Hewn from large stone blocks (some of marble), the level of intricacy Simmonds has achieved in the architectural detailing is almost incredible. Capitals, vaults and surfaces all distort and reflect light in a very beguiling way.

intoaspirin
intoaspirin:

Unusual Victorian Renaissance revival hexagonal terrarium. English, Circa 1860-70
The six canted glass sides of the top and bottom section all framed with well carved moldings and details including gothic arches. The collection of rare plants from all over the world was a popular pastime as well as a serious pursuit. Easier travel advanced the sciences, especially botany. “Collectors” would show off their field specimens and treasures at home in these specially made, often elaborate, display cases. The terrarium is a direct descendent of the Wardian case (invented 1829 by Dr. Nathaniel Ward) which can closely replicate the Earth’s water cycle, trapping and recycling the available moisture and encouraging growth.

intoaspirin:

Unusual Victorian Renaissance revival hexagonal terrarium. English, Circa 1860-70

The six canted glass sides of the top and bottom section all framed with well carved moldings and details including gothic arches. The collection of rare plants from all over the world was a popular pastime as well as a serious pursuit. Easier travel advanced the sciences, especially botany. “Collectors” would show off their field specimens and treasures at home in these specially made, often elaborate, display cases. The terrarium is a direct descendent of the Wardian case (invented 1829 by Dr. Nathaniel Ward) which can closely replicate the Earth’s water cycle, trapping and recycling the available moisture and encouraging growth.