Last update: 13 November 2016
The Collectionnite Gallery displays odd collectibles, from early Wunderkammers to contemporary collections, as well as studies on collecting habits and psychology. We use the term collectionnite, which in French refers to collectomania with the suffixe "-ite" specifically referring to the concept of desease. In The Tricottet Collection, its use is made less pathological with collectionnite becoming an object that sounds just like a marcassite, an ammonite or a meteorite. For our work on the curating aspects of metacollecting and on the concept of collection-object, see Mignan (2016).
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A rare insight into some French collecting trends of the late 19th century
Paul Eudel (1837-1911), one of the great French connoisseurs, bibliophiles and art critics of the nineteenth century, wrote prolifically on the subject of collecting, publishing both books and articles in newspapers such as Le Figaro and Le Temps. His book "Collections et collectionneurs" contains eight articles on collecting and collectors that had previously appeared in those periodicals, together with Eudel's preface written for the book-form edition. Included are articles on stamp collecting, shells, antique toys and puppets, together with profiles of collectors such as Baron Charles Davillier, fencing master and historian Arsene Vigeant, and Aimé Desmottes. The Tricottet Collection holds one of the only two existing copies of the "rose" edition, as well as a bound volume "Correspondance, Collections et collectionneurs, avant et après" with over eighty letters and a manuscript used for the preparation of the book: Among the letters are seven from Arthur Maury (1844-1907), one of the pioneers of philately and author of the first stamp-collecting catalogues; three from Arsene Vigeant; four from Ad. Giraldon regarding the toy collection of Mme Agar; two from pottery collector Gustave Gouellain, to whom Eudel dedicated Collections et Collectionneurs; and eleven from the printing firm of P. Charaire et fils, who printed the work for publisher G. Charpentier. Also included is a 21-page manuscript document in French on shell collecting and collectors covering much of the material in Eudel's chapter on the subject, written by his brother Emile Eudel.
To be continued with excerpts from collectors' letters.
Figures: Book & correspondence (P. Eudel, c. 1885)
An unnatural history collection
A natural history collection often represents an accumulation of animals, plants and minerals preserved in various fashions (visit the other Halls of The Tricottet Collection). Here is a somewhat unnatural collection of imaginary animals recolted from the mind of comtemporary artists (from the 20th and 21st centuries). The acts of collecting, classifying and displaying are here also part of the artistic process. Various artistic media are represented.
Figures: Entoforms (D. Veenvliet, 2011) | Ectoplasms (H. Mizushima, 2013-2014)
... The 1681 Royal Society collection catalogue (Grew's "Musaeum Regalis Societatis") is a typical 'Wunderkammer' collection with a strong emphasis on natural history and scientific curiosities but a modest selection of coins and antiquities and a few of art. Grew's arrangement follows that of Ole Worm [From Wunderkammer to Museum 64]. But unlike previous catalogues of Renaissance noblemen's cabinets of curiosities, Grew's descriptions do not emphasise exotic and monstrous specimens. The entries are straightforward and matter-of-fact. Grew gives detailed measurements and descriptions of the shape and texture of artefacts, and also takes care to point out any errors in previous descriptions of the same kind of object (source: Royal Soc. website).
To be continued.
Figures: Catalogue (N. Grew, 1681)
Description coming later
Figures: Pac-Man merchandise (K. Neily) | Burger King merchandise (K. Neily)
Description coming later.
Figures: Buttons (Unk.) | Factory sealed VHS tapes (K. Neily)
Collecting common pebbles & odd-stones
19th & 20th centuries
See also: "Old Memory" pebble
Description coming later.
Figures: Beach pebble (HORSM) | Dung-stones (HORSM) | Sling-stones (Maiden Castle / Allhallows College)