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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Studies on collecting

"Collections et collectionneurs"
By Paul Eudel
Late 19th century

Paul Eudel's 1885 anthology on French collections and collectors of the 19th century, including an extremely rare edition of his book and the original correspondence.

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)

Collecting process in Art
20th century

An entomological collection of Entoforms from the mind of artist Dolf Veenvliet. The specimens are pinned and labelled on non-acidic paper in entomological boxes.

See also: Anthropocene Art | Mineral natures mortes

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)

Wunderkammers (17th & 18th Centuries)

Wunderkammer catalogues
17th century

1681 Grew's "Musaeum Regalis Societatis" collection catalogue including an Egyptian mummy, a human fetus, the leg bone of a dodo bird, lodestones, etc.

... 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)

Odd collections (19th & 20th Centuries)

Merchandising & collecting crazes
20th century

Pac-Man merchandise formerly from the "White Mountain" collection: Games and every-day objects representative of the early 1980s "Pac-Man Fever".

Description coming later

Figures: Pac-Man merchandise (K. Neily) | Burger King merchandise (K. Neily)

Collecting everyday objects
20th century

Suite of buttons from an old lady's collection from Central Point, Oregon (c. mid-20th century), arranged by material type on a large card.

Description coming later.

Figures: Buttons (Unk.) | Factory sealed VHS tapes (K. Neily)

Collecting common pebbles & odd-stones
19th & 20th centuries

Pebbles from Chesil Beach, supposedly Iron Age sling-stones excavated in the 1930s at Maiden Castle - formerly from Allhallows College, Rousdon, near Lyme Regis, Dorset.

See also: "Old Memory" pebble

Description coming later.

Figures: Beach pebble (HORSM) | Dung-stones (HORSM) | Sling-stones (Maiden Castle / Allhallows College)