English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet
English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet
English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet

English Butterfly Collector's Cabinet

  • This fascinating butterfly cabinet houses an international collection of butterflies and moths
  • The mahogany inlaid cabinet houses hundreds of specimens preserved in 40 drawers
  • Each custom glass-covered drawer becomes an ideal case for individual display
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Item No. 30-6495
$68,500
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This beautiful mahogany cabinet houses an extraordinary collection of butterflies from exotic locations around the world. Hundreds of specimens are brilliantly preserved and labeled in 40 drawers, with close-fitting glass tops to insulate from damaging dust and mites. Housed in a magnificent case with beautifully inlaid butterfly-themed doors, the drawers are perfect for individual display.

The latter part of the 19th century proved to be the most prolific years in the field of entomological collections. Preserved specimens such as the captivating butterflies in this cabinet played a vital role as source material and inspiration for budding entomologists and are frequently studied by scholars around the world. During the Victorian era, zealous naturalists approached the time-consuming hobby of insect collecting as both a science and an art form. It is widely believed that the pursuit of natural history not only adds to human knowledge but acts positively on the human spirit as well.

Naturalists have collected butterflies for over 300 years with the earliest surviving specimens dating from the late 17th century, the beginning of the Scientific Revolution. Butterfly collections were a result of an ever-growing interest in natural history and many were displayed in curio cabinets throughout the townhouses and country mansions of Britain's wealthy society. King George III, Winston Churchill, Neville Chamberlain, and poet Thomas Grey all participated in the pursuit of entomology.

English, 19th Century

39 1/4" wide x 20 1/4" deep x 60" high
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:England
Type:Specimen Cabinets
Depth:20.25 Inches
Width:39.25 Inches
Height:60.0 Inches
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