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Objects of curiosities

Natural curiosities turned into pieces of Art.

We offer something beautiful out of the wonders created by Nature.

Coming from the mineral, vegetal or animal world, our curiosities are of first-class interest. Our curiosities hunters keep increasing their networks to find the rare pearl and we keep working hard to design pieces reserved to connoisseur looking for intrinsic value. 

Discover in this section the intriguing spirit and charm of the cabinets of curiosities and travel logs of the late nineteenth century.

For more information on our unusual objects and cabinet of curiosities decoration, click here..

In order to realize a cabinet of curiosities decoration at home, all the unusual objects, the curiosities, the intriguing articles that you discover on Arteslonga are either exclusive pieces or limited editions.

Also discover a very nice Science and Naturalia selection for your cabinet of curiosities decor: magnificent butterfly frames, multicolored butterflies under globes, herbaria, astonishing collectors' boxes of insects from the tropical forests of Asia: stick insects and locusts in jade green colors.

Unusual objects, curiosities, these works are authentic and original. They meet the criteria of simplicity, aesthetics, elegance, personality, intrinsic beauty, fantasy. They correspond to a style, a history, an era, an art of living, a style. Arteslonga is a gallery of random objects, mixtures, favorites and moods that will give your cabinet of curiosities decor a unique character.

Their particularity makes them unique objects, curiosities, unusual objects. Their rarity imposes a specific sales model: unique selling. Indeed, Arteslonga travels the world to unearth these wonders which often only exist in a single copy to make your cabinet of curiosities decoration an equally unique style.

Staged in paintings inspired by everyday life, these unusual objects, these intriguing and beautiful objects at the same time and these beautiful curiosities are presented as in an art gallery. By thus mixing eras from Napoleon III onwards, styles, ages and art, Arteslonga transmits to you the know-how of yesteryear, a French art of living, unique, renowned, recognized throughout the world.

Enhance your interior decoration with these vintage works, real curiosities of modern times. Wood, ceramic, glass, or porcelain, these curiosities are unique. They will remind you of your childhood, awaken memories, rekindle smiles, provoke real emotions in you. Let yourself be charmed and enchanted by these curiosities from bygone times.

Arteslonga presents centuries of decoration. You will find the curiosities that will transform your daily life through an unusual interior. These unique, old, exclusive and vintage decorative objects will take you back in time.

The history of each piece makes it precious, special while leaving it simplicity, quality and originality. As a result, Arteslonga regularly enriches its site with finds, unusual objects, wonders, curiosities, selection of works of art, pieces of artistic craftsmanship, unique items with the aim of help you find the object of your dreams.

Discover in this section the spirit and the intriguing charm of cabinets of curiosities and travel diaries from the end of the 19th century.

The principle of the cabinet of curiosities disappeared during the nineteenth century, replaced by official institutions and private collections. These have still played a large role in certain scientific disciplines such as entomology or conchology.

A cabinet of curiosities was a place where collected objects were stored and displayed, with a certain taste for heterogeneity and the unseen. Commonly found in these cabinets of curiosities were medals, antiques, objects of natural history (such as stuffed animals, dried insects, shells, skeletons, shells, herbaria, fossils) or works of art. art.

Appeared during the Renaissance in Europe, cabinets of curiosities (Italian studiolo) are the ancestor of museums and museums. Both private (private collections) and public (institutional collections of veterinary schools, medical schools), cabinets of curiosities have played a fundamental role in the development of modern science even if they kept the traces of popular beliefs of the time (it was not uncommon to find dried dragon's blood or skeletons of mythical animals). The publication of catalogs which made the often illustrated inventory, made it possible to distribute the contents of the cabinets of curiosities to European scientists.

Disappeared in the course of the 19th century, the cabinet of curiosities resurfaced in our interiors through the cabinet of curiosities decoration. For lovers of collections, these curiosities and furniture are a must, creating a unique and charming atmosphere.

The cabinet of curiosity is the piece of furniture par excellence for lovers of collections, who seek to exhibit and store their objects with refinement.

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  • Constantine Coffee Table, Made To Measure

    Based on the existing coffee table (MB024), this solid mango wood table can be custom-made to your size and combined with various stones (black granite, green or yakllow forest marbre, white marble...).

    PRICE ON REQUEST

  • Purple Grass Hoper under glass

    €678.00 -0% €678.33

    If you see that huge grass hoper in the forest of French Guiana, you might be surprised when it "jumps", because this Titanacris Albipes have beautiful purple wings when flying over long distances.

  • Constantine Coffee Table, Mango & Marble

    €1,100.00
    The Constantine coffee table.
    Solid mango wood black coffe table with a pearl pattern. White marble with black veins from Rajasthan.
    L 130cm x 65cm x H 51cm 
    W 51in x 26in x H 20in
  • Centaur Statue - Black Torso

    €333.00 -0% €333.33

    Black torso of Centaur crafted in black resin patina and aged by hand.

    A remarkable craft work for this piece of History.

    This statue measures 37 cm high and reaches 47 cm high with its black metal base.

    Protected, this statue of antique Art, can be positioned outdoors because it does not fear the sun or the bad weather.

  • Art Deco Crane Statue, 1900

    €1,000.00

    Superb statue representing a Crane made of zinc and colored by hand on an oval marble base. A craft work of beauty made in the 1900s in France.

  • Blue Butterflies A. LEPRIEURI, Brass Diplay

    €468.00 -0% €468.33
    Mini aged brass globe protecting a wonderful selection of 5 blue butterflies A. LEPRIEURI. All simply magnificent. These butterflies fly upside down! Because we find it remarkable on this side, ie on the underside of the wings. As it appears when he closes them.
  • Ceramic vase, Queen of Sicily Bust

    €2,600.00

    Ceramic vase, Queen of Sicily bust - Italy. Entirely made by hand in ceramic, with a magnificent decoration of fruits, triple cooking. A unique and majestic craft piece. A bust of absolute grace painted by hand.

  • General Agrippa Bust

    €817.00

    Sculpture of the Roman general Agrippa which reproduces the original bronze statue erected in the Pantheon and now lost, dating from 20 BC. Agrippa was the Emperor Augustus's friend, son-in-law and above all, his most illustrious General.

  • Table Lamp Circus in Town

    €683.00 -0% €683.33

    Table Lamp Circus in Town. A wonderful handmade decorative lamp, Italy. A magnificent craftsmanship of remarkable finesse. In each lamp, an atmosphere or landscape is created by a juxtaposition of exquisite hand-engravings that are engraved and printed on antique presses from the 1800s. Each image is printed in black and white and then hand-colored to the gouache and watercolor.

  • Table Lamp Circus in Town

    €683.00 -0% €683.33

    Table Lamp Circus in Town. A wonderful handmade decorative lamp, Italy. A magnificent craftsmanship of remarkable finesse. In each lamp, an atmosphere or landscape is created by a juxtaposition of exquisite hand-engravings that are engraved and printed on antique presses from the 1800s. Each image is printed in black and white and then hand-colored to the gouache and watercolor.

  • Night Light Interioro , Italy, h61cm

    €683.00 -0% €683.33

    Interioro night light. A wonderful handmade decorative lamp, Florence, Italy. A magnificent craftsmanship of remarkable finesse. In each lamp, an atmosphere or landscape is created by a juxtaposition of exquisite hand-engravings that are engraved and printed on antique presses from the 1800s. Each image is printed in black and white and then hand-colored to the gouache and watercolor.

  • Pompei Night Light, Italy

    €683.00 -0% €683.33

    Pompei night light. A wonderful handmade decorative lamp, Florence, Italy. A magnificent craftsmanship of remarkable finesse. In each lamp, an atmosphere or landscape is created by a juxtaposition of exquisite hand-engravings that are engraved and printed on antique presses from the 1800s. Each image is printed in black and white and then hand-colored to the gouache and watercolor.

  • Table lamp Galeria di Uffici, Italy

    €683.00 -0% €683.33

    Table lamp Galeria di Uffici, Italy. A wonderful handmade decorative lamp, Florence, Italy. A magnificent craftsmanship of remarkable finesse. In each lamp, an atmosphere or landscape is created by a juxtaposition of exquisite hand-engravings that are engraved and printed on antique presses from the 1800s. Each image is printed in black and white and then hand-colored.

  • Horse Statue - Monti Reproduction

    €825.00
    This horse statue, fragment of an original bronze statue created by Monti in the early 20th century, reveals all the finesse and power of this animal. An artisanal creation in resin aged and patinated by hand. Great object of decoration.
  • Night Light Interioro , Italy, h61cm

    €717.00

    Interioro night light. A wonderful handmade decorative lamp, Florence, Italy. A magnificent craftsmanship of remarkable finesse. In each lamp, an atmosphere or landscape is created by a juxtaposition of exquisite hand-engravings that are engraved and printed on antique presses from the 1800s. Each image is printed in black and white and then hand-colored to the gouache and watercolor.

  • Mare Night Light, Italy, h70cm

    €700.00

    Pompei night light. A wonderful handmade decorative lamp, Florence, Italy. A magnificent craftsmanship of remarkable finesse. In each lamp, an atmosphere or landscape is created by a juxtaposition of exquisite hand-engravings that are engraved and printed on antique presses from the 1800s. Each image is printed in black and white and then hand-colored to the gouache and watercolor.

  • Venus Statue

    €350.00

    Magnificent statue of Venus made of resin that perfectly imitates marble. An actual artisanal realization of very high quality.

    An historic handcrafted piece of remarkable beauty.

  • Opened Chamber Ammonite on Brass Base

    €2,942.00

    Opened chamber ammonite on brass base.

    One of a kind !
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    L 18cm x 13cm x H 27cm
  • Open Amethyst Geode on Stand

    €950.00

    Open amethyst geode on black stand.

    One of a kind !
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    L 30cm x 14cm x H 25cm
  • Sea stars in family under glass.

    €917.00

    Sea stars in family under glass.

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    Starfish collection assembled in a traditional Napoleon III display. 10 different kind of species of starfish.
  • Urchins in family in capsule glass

    €740.00
    A family of five sea urchins. Mostly distant cousins, in fact: the pencil urchins: a Prionocidaris Bispinosa, more whiter, from the Pacific Ocean and a Heterocentrotus mammiliatus, brown/red with white stripe, from Hawaii. A diadem sea urchin from Madagascar with all its long spins.
  • Orange Gorgonian On Black Stand

    €300.00
    Natural gorgonian from the Indian ocean, with a very special shape of Lyre (the musical instrument): Ctenocella pectinata.  Perfectly straight on a square black stand. Gorgonians, like corals, are animals living in sessile colonial polyps, organized in a tree shape.
  • Parme Stone Chalcedony from Sulawesi, Indonesia

    €900.00
    Chalcedony agate grape from Sulawesi in Indonesia. The form is rare, and the name too: Chalcedony Botroid. This mineral comes from a rare destination: The Sulawesi Islands in the Indian Ocean. Chalcedony is a microcrystalline rock which never occurs in the form of sharp crystals. It often filled the rounded interior with a geode, and more rarely is found in Botryoid form: grapes!
  • Blue Malachite on Stand

    Blue chrysocolla malachite - 575g

    One of a kind !
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    This beautifull mix of Blue Chrysocolla and Green malchite is coming from Congo. The Chrysocolla happens in an oxidation zone of a copper mine. It is an evolution of the green Malachite.
    L 9cm x 6cm x H 13cm
  • Yellow Sea Fan On Black Stand

    €208.00 -0% €208.33
    Yellow sea fan on black stand. It's latin name doesn't says this sea fan is yellow: Gorgonia Violacea, but indeed, it's natural color is this bright yellow.  Gorgonians, like corals, are animals living in sessile colonial polyps, organized in a tree shape. Each polyp has 8 tentacles that filter the plankton and consume it.
  • White Coral on Antique Brass Base, XVII

    €2,500.00

    Composition with white coral on antique brass base.

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    A unique piece equally cultural and natural : a white cauliflower coral composition on an antic brass base. It is typically the way Europeans used to display coral since 16th century, especially Italians in Napoli and Sicilia.
    This brass base is a palm-vase from 17th century. 
  • Branch Coral ACROPORA FLORIDA

    €1,950.00

    A unique piece!
    This type of branch coral, from its Latin name Acropora Florida, is a reef builder. It lines the underwater cliffs of the Solomon Islands archipelago. This coral comes with its own CITES number (Washington convention).

    A wonder.


    L 32cm x 35cm x H 48cm

  • Tridacna Gigas Clam on Iron Stand.

    €10,095.00

    Tridacna Gigas font on an iron stand. A magnificent unique piece, a rarity! Very rare Tridacna gigas font presented on a custom forged stainless steel support. Its two sides are remarkable. It has of course its CITES number which proves its origin.

  • Seahorses Entomologist Box

    €150.00

    Entomologist box on foot with a collection of 9 seahorses.

    An object of curiosities in the apothecary collection object style of the late nineteenth century.

    Wooden frame turned blackened in the Napoleon III style.

  • Lexias Butterflies Oval Globe

    €483.00 -0% €483.33

    Lovely naturalistic globe made in the old style of the Napoleon III period. This globe contains beautiful Lexias butterflies from tropical forests on Willow branch.

  • Red coral on black base, Unique !

    €3,680.00

    Red coral on black base. One of a kind ! This great red color is natural. But under the sea you would not notice it, as it look like a field of white flowers: the polyps (small animals) living in each pipe of this incredible "coral-city ". Only the skeleton reveals such a great color.

  • Slice of blue agate

    €733.00 -0% €733.33

    Slice of blue agate on black display.

    Unique piece!

    W19cm x 6cm x H23cm

  • Mexican sand stone on stand

    €825.00

    Mexican sand stone on stand.

    One of a kind !
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    Each desert of the world provides a different type of "Desert Rose". These rose-like formation of crystal clusters of Selenite include abundant sand grains. And in that case, sand from the Mexican desert of Chihuahua.
  • Polychrome Jasper from Madagascar

    €2,495.00
    Beautiful Polychrome Jasper from Madagascar on a brass display stand, a magnificent work of natural art.
    A unique piece of beauty in hypnotizing colors.
  • Ammonite (Madagascar) on a black metal display

    €2,130.00
    Albien block of ammonites - 13.6kg. A magnificent unique piece! This block of Ammonites is a real photo of a seabed over 100 million years old! We find there the diversity of ammonites living in the Lower Cretaceous.
  • White Shells Under Globe

    €572.00

    Magnificent collection of 8 white shells presented under globe and on black wooden base.


    L 25cm x 25cm x H 34cm

  • Sea stars in family under glass.

    €658.00 -0% €658.33

    Sea stars in family under glass.

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    13 different kinds of starfish under a narrow bell jar, in a Napoleon III style. From the thin long arms Brittle star (ophiuroids), to the 22 arms Spiny Sunstar, with a red gorgonia in the background.
    L 19cm x 19cm x H 74cm
  • Ammonite (Madagascar) on a black metal display

    €910.00

    Ammonite from Madagascar on a black metal display.

    Ammonites appeared about 380 million years ago in the Devonian and extinct with the Dinosaurs to the Cretaceous-Tertiary crisis there is 65MA.

    This ammonite of Madagascar is a beautiful specimens very clear and of an orange color.

    Calycoceras, 95 million years.

    L 20cm x 10cm x H 22cm

  • Rare Giant Red Gorgon - H110cm

    €1,100.00

    A giant burning flame shape with an incredible red color : a rare gorgonian from the Sulawesi islands (of the Leptogorgia family).

    On a black oak base, only a few pieces of that size are available. 

    L 45cm x 30cm x H 110cm

  • Egg with cameos, carved stone.

    €222.00

    Egg with cameos, carved stone. This magnificent stone egg (soapstone) was created by reusing the famous technique of engraving of Neapolitan nacre, we created this stone egg (soapstone). True lace work with vegetable and cameo motif. Very Neapolitan. Foot in solid brass, 2 other forms exist.

  • Red Mediterranean Coral in Reliquary.

    €350.00
    Red Mediterranean Coral in Reliquary.
    Branch of red Mediterranean coral mounted in a reliquary with a brass base. It is the hardest coral, and it has been used in jewelry since the Romans.
  • Red Gorgon on wooden base

    €150.00

    Red Gorgon on nickel silver and wooden base in Napoleon III style. The Red Gorgonians (Acabaria biserialis) line the rocky slopes between 20 and 100 meters deep. It is necessary to use a torch to appreciate their brilliance, because at this depth, the red appears dark blue. A very beautiful object of decoration.

  • Pied Académique

    €275.00
    Greek academic foot.

    A beautiful object for an unusual decoration.
  • Venus Statue

    €925.00

    Fragment of Venus bust, goddess of love, seduction and beauty in Roman mythology. The original statue probably dates from the 5th BC. Magnificent statue of Venus made of resin that perfectly imitates marble. An actual artisanal realization of very high quality.

  • Turtle Shell - Reproduction

    €300.00

    Small reproduction of turtle shell "Eretmochelys Imbricata". This is a turtle you may have heard of as a hawksbill turtle. It is one of eight current species of marine turtles and is the only one of the genus Eretmochelys. Its range is almost global since it is found in all oceans.

  • Round Jewelry Boxes - Napoleon III Style

    €200.00

    Set of fine round jewelry boxes in Napoleon III style.

    Note the glass that is bevelled on each face of the jewelry boxes and the carved, gilded and aged old-fashioned metal.

    Very beautiful craft work today.

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