A curio is a special or rare little object, sometimes artwork, typically intriguing, having a special significance to the collector. A curio cabinet is a piece of furniture with glass doors which shows these curious things, often grouped for the similarities.
Charmean Neithart Interiors
Curio cabinets are built to both display and protect the objects within. Glass doors permit the viewer to see the seashells inside this wooden cabinet without handling them, along with the shells are protected from insects and dust.
The objects in a curio cabinet are often related in theme, building a selection which has a purpose, nostalgic significance or personal significance.
Curio cabinets were most popular from the 18th century; they occasionally have glass shelves and mirrored backs to boost the view.
Tracy Murdock Allied ASID
These cabinets home an assortment of liquor bottles. Groups of objects can be visually interesting however trivial the object itself is.
Schwartz and Architecture
Open shelving onto a backlit glass wall produces a contemporary variant of the curio cabinet. All these fossils and other oddities in specimen jars possess the very qualities which make curios so appealing: they’re bizarre, rare or striking.
Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry
A curio collection does not have to be behind glass. These antique kitchen tools are artfully shown in the wooden shelves of this built-in hutch; a red theme visually ties them together.
Erotas Building Corporation
These custom wall displays of duck decoys take the idea of a curio cabinet to a grand scale.