Sunday, May 13, 2012

Auricula Theaters

The New York Botanical Garden has an Auricula Theater set up in its herb garden.  Auricula theaters were developed in the 17th century on Continental Europe initially to protect delicate exotics like tulips and auriculas.  In the 18th century, English collectors of primula auricula's started to produce these lovely theater-like cabinets to show off their collections.  These displays became more elaborate with trompe l'oeil curtains, arches and swags.

The NYBG Auricula Theater was designed by the Dowager Countess of Salisbury.  A little gift idea for next Mother's Day, perhaps?
At NYBG
Calke Abbey


Calke Abbey





Lady Salisbury at NYBG


6 comments:

  1. Auriculas are so pretty, I can see how one could get seriously addicted to building up a collection. The theatres do seem to elevate the drama of all those little starlets showing off.
    Paul

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  2. I really like the blue "theatre" of the fifth photo, but they're all charming. And it occurs to me that one could find a bookcase at a thrift shop and achieve the same effect with little fuss or expense.

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  3. What an amazing idea! They look wonderful in their dramatic little 'theaters' - and also quite achievable which is even better! I think that the 7th image down would look rather nice against a wall at Hill House. Michael, I always seem to leave your blog with another inspiring project to add to a growing list - lol!
    Paula x

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  4. I just can't appreciate auricula theaters. Should I talk to my therapist about this?

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