Cabinet of Natural Curiosities is a large, heavy book filled with amazing illustrations of animals, plants and insect by Amsterdam-based pharmacist Albertus Seba (1665-1736).
And, as you can see from the cover, it includes plenty of corals, as well as shells, and many other ocean creatures. The book deserves to have its very own display stand!
This is what it says on the Publishers Website, "Albertus Seba's Cabinet of Natural Curiosities is one of the 18th century's greatest natural history achievements and remains one of the most prized natural history books of all time."
In 2007 Patricia Gray wrote on her blog, "This book may go down in the Guinness World Book of Records as the most photographed book." Here used by Tobi Fairley to accentuate her design. Without a doubt Natural Curiosities makes a fantastic coffee table book.
But some people tear out the pages.
And frame them for wall art.
Like Leisa Tobler of Idea Mom who won the 2008 Idea House in Windmark (FL) from My Home Ideas (read here). Since the artwork, reproductions of drawings from Albertus Seba, did not convey with the home, and the price per piece would have been around $2000, Leisa purchased a used copy of the book for $20, then removed the pages from the binding and framed them.
This was the room before. Leisa's beautiful home is now a vacation rental and you can learn all about it at Summer Dream.
Then others, like designer Steven Gambrel featured here, paste the pages of Cabinet of Natural Curiosities on the wall. Here you see the powder room in his cottage in Sag Harbor, NY. It's busy, but I love it! And as I mentioned on Going Wild with Wallpaper in the Bathroom, a small bathroom or powder room is a great space to experiment and go wild!