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Mineral cases.

Periodically we feature ideas for collector cabinets and exhibit cases. Pyramid-shaped exhibit cases were popular as early as the 18th century. The wealthy Leipzig mineral collector Johann Christoph Richter (1689-1751), for example, populated his mineral Bshowroom with these cases (see "Hebenstreit's Museum Richterianum, 1743" in vo. 21, no. 5).

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The rather gaudy example of a pyramid case shown here (left) is in the "Empire" style popular during the first French Empire (1804-1815), with dore-gold-plated bronze and beveled glass, on four legs in the shape of winged monoped lions. It is 109 inches tall and 30 inches square, and was offered at auction by Red Baron Auction house in Atlanta, Georgia on February 17. For those people who can't afford an actual antique, however, the style could certainly be copied in a nice hardwood by a custom cabinetmaker.

Just in case the dore-bronze example isn't quite gaudy enough for your taste, Red Baron also offered a cylindrical exhibit case in green malachite and gilded bronze with winged lions for a pedestal, gilded garlands all about, and a winged eagle on the top. The gilded two-headed-eagle coat of arms is that of the Russian Empire. The case measures 95 inches tall and 28 inches in diameter (shown at right on the previous page), and originally stood in a shop in St. Petersburg, Russia for many years. If this one doesn't draw the attention of guests in your house, you might as well give up. Trying to find mineral specimens that can compete with the case they're in would be another problem, however.

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Title Annotation:notes from the EDITORS; pyramid case
Author:Birch, Bill
Publication:The Mineralogical Record
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 1, 2007
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