Le Musée des Vampires — the Vampire Museum
14 rue Jules David
Paris, 93260
France (entrance at the back)

vampire-museum-2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This unique story started many years ago. Jacques Sirgent, an eccentric but highly knowledgeable scholar and specialist of the macabre, opened “The Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures” as a visual manifestation of his dedicated research on vampirism, esoterism and occidental folkore.

A lifetime of collecting, translating rare texts, and gathering syncretic information on demonology and the dogmas that generated them made Sirgent a fascinating storyteller who will patiently extrapolate for his visitors the tales of the mysterious relics that his curiosity cabinet contains.

Comfortably seated on a crimson velvet couch, you’ll be thrilled and amazed by the cryptic history of Paris and the cemeteries where vampiric rituals were once practiced, medieval christian hierarchy and its crusade against sin and “cannibal sorcery” or the everlasting superstitions of the Undead.
vampire-museum-21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The museum is also a pure delicacy for the eyes – vampire killing kit, Hammer Film collectibles, Dracula toys and antique books that might turn into dust if you touch them – a merry clutter of art, literature and popular myths that remind you that Carmilla, Vlad Tepes, and the others , once catalyzing archaic fears, are still trangressive figures of modernity.

Source

Atlas Obscura

As photography was coming into fashion, groups of medical students and morticians pose for photographs with their cadavers. The results are actually quite freaky.

antique-cadaver-0 antique-cadaver-1 antique-cadaver-2 antique-cadaver-3 antique-cadaver-3a antique-cadaver-4 antique-cadaver-5 antique-cadaver-6 antique-cadaver-7 antique-cadaver-8 antique-cadaver-9 antique-cadaver-10 antique-cadaver-11 antique-cadaver-12 antique-cadaver-13 antique-cadaver-14 antique-cadaver-15 antique-cadaver-16 antique-cadaver-17

I just can’t help thinking there has to be an irony in here somewhere… a Far Side card from Mark David Chapman… Most of us don’t need any introduction to the Far Side… an all to familiar and relatable cartoon / illustrative offering that revealed the uniqueness that routinely disguises itself as the subtleties we take for granted in day to day life… launching in 1980, the Far Side was the original take on “The Show About Nothing” … Seinfeld would take that crown some 9 years later… but in 1980, the Far Side was an evolution in culture and humour… whereas the introduction of Chapman into a world spotlight may be forever remembered as the decline of culture and humanity.

In that same year that the Far Side made it’s first appearance, a single individual would also make himself known for reasons at the other end of the spectrum, the world would come to know the name Mark David Chapman as the man who silenced an icon, the man who silenced John Lennon.
20151002_120129SM

cardinside

Cabinet of Curiosities has been working with the local filmmaking community renting unique props to enhance productions, on Saturday November 7th we’ll be at The Hamilton Film Expo!

One of a kind original authentic FX pieces from the special effects master Gordon Smith. Material will be on display and for sale ranging from $30 to $3,000. A once in a lifetime chance to own original pieces used in both development and production of some of films and televisions most memorable characters, part of a collection appraised at over $1.5 million. Films represented will include X-men, Stephen King’s Night Shift, Nixon, Jacob’s Ladder, Platoon, Truman, Snow Falling on Cedars, Ghosts of Mississippi, Mimic, Threshold, K9 and many others. Television shows are also represented such as Robocop, Total recall, The Fringe and more! Many of these items have been on display at TIFF and have never been offered for sale to the public.

Cabinet of Curiosities and Otherwise Needful Things, based in Dundas, ON will also present a collection of distinct oddities and curiosities from its vast collection of prop rentals and collections for sale. A truly unique destination where the phrase “expect the unexpected” rings true upon every visit. In the Cabinet you’ll discover treasures from around the world and from every dark corner and twisted mind that are sure to amaze, intrigue, shock and inspire. Specializing in world treasures, tribal, taxidermy, apothecary and the macabre, Cabinet of Curiosities is an experience unto itself.

Deep inside the Cabinet, in the murky depths, you’ll come across stacks and stacks of macabre and somehow inspiring material. You wouldn’t know what to make of it at first. In fact you might not want to explore at all, but they’ll call to you, they’ll beckon in a soft and dark whisper… “come closer” see what you have found…”

The work of Gordon Smith has been hailed as revolutionary in the industry, his portfolio of film and television projects is beyond compare. You don’t have to be a movie buff or television squatter to easily recognize dozens of pictures that he personally helped to make memorable if not unforgettable. Pictures such as Platoon, X-Men, Jacob’s Ladder, Legends of the Fall, Benjamin Buttons, Snow Falling on Cedars, Nixon, Truman and hundreds more.

The Cabinet is proud to feature an extensive collection for sale and display from the genius of work. We’ll soon be adding some photos of the collection to inspire and impress. Here we have an image of resin elephant tusks created for the Oscar winning film Legends of the Fall starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn, Henry Thomas and Julia Ormond.

We don’t have this in the shop… just a fan and wanted to share his work.!

Skulls_Carved_into_Mother_of_Pearl_Shells_by_Gregory_Halili_2014_01

True crime collectibles are available in the shop often… collectors would need to email us to see what we have in store. Artwork, photos, letters, documents, personal effects and more from the most undesirable, infamous killers.

mark-david-chapman-letter mark-david-chapman-envelope1409171375188_wps_2_A_mug_shot_of_Mark_David_

Check out the facts about Prime Minister Harper’s government, as sung by Blue Rodeo.

Local artist and our good friend Shara Ross has created a series of professionally designed & uniquely illustrated Ouija Boards.

In 1891, a Pittsburgh toy and novelty shop, started advertising: “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board,”  which went on to describe a magical device that answered questions “about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy”,  “a link between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial.” Little has changed in the way of design for that board, patented over 120 years ago. A flat wood grain looking board with the letters of the alphabet arrayed in two semi-circles above the numbers 0 through 9 all printed in black which makes it a basic two colour piece; the words “yes” and “no” in the uppermost corners, “goodbye” at the bottom; the planchette is a teardrop-shaped device, comes with it and is used to travel over the board and stopping at a letter or a number, when the connection with a spirit has been made.

I felt inspired to create new boards. I always thought it would end up being a Tarot deck I would do first, a long standing passion of mine as well, but what started out as a pet project grew into the three boards shown here…. as I’ve always thought that the Ouija board deserved more than the very generic design it has displayed almost since it’s inception.

Shara has created 3 unique Ouija boards called Portal, Carousel, and Symbols. Her IndieGogo campaign has a variety of perks, including boards with genuine antique glass eye planchetes!

these are genius! French paper artist Junior Fritz Jacquet created this wonderful series of weird masks made from toilet paper rolls. This is just one small facet of Jacquet’s artwork, you can see more of his functional paper lights and other paper creations over on Facebook.

junior-5

junior-3

junior-1

junior-2

Hey it’s Michael I’m the CO-OP student working here in this horrific antique shop, informing you that a really creepy African Voodoo skull has just recently been added to the amazing collection at Cabinet of Curiosities.

I basically know nothing about voodoo skulls, but many believe that voodoo is not just a religion but a process that brings the body and soul together. I do know for sure that this African Voodoo skull would definitely be a great conversation piece.

P.S. I think it’s watching me as I type this so I better watch what I say!

The upcoming Hollywood North: FXSMITH Studio Collection Online Auction is in association with our good friends at the Billy Jamieson Collection.

From March 23-26, 2015 you can bid on incredible memorabilia such as Mystique’s costume, Wolverine’s claws, weapons from Platoon, and much more.

Waddington’s presents the artistry of FXSMITH Studio Inc. in an auction of extraordinary examples of special effects from blockbuster movies such as X-Men, Platoon, Nixon, JFK, Jacob’s Ladder and Legends of the Fall.

“This auction really takes you behind the scenes – an exploration of the magic and the imagination of some of Hollywood’s most popular and provocative movies” says Duncan McLean, the president of the Toronto-based auction company conducting the sale. An unusual auction for Waddington’s, McLean explains: “What impressed us was the artistry of the work; FXSMITH’s team was comprised of some of Canada’s leading artists, including one of Canada’s best sculptors, Evan Penny, whose work appears in the Art Gallery of Ontario and has been featured in our contemporary art auctions.”

A 30-year veteran of the film industry, Smith and the 13 hand-chosen artists in his company are probably best known for bringing the mutants from X-Men to life. Mystique, Wolverine, Sabretooth, Toad, Nightcrawler, Senator Kelly and Lady Deathstrike all appear in the auction in one shape or form, including the life-size Mystique played by actress Rebecca Romijn; the life-like bust, prosthetic hands and arms, and silicone bullet head wounds of Wolverine played by Hugh Jackman; as well as various prosthetic busts, tails, feet, ears, clawed hands and retracting blades of the other main X-Men characters.

While the special effects for movies like X-Men and Jacob’s Ladder are based on sci-fi and fantasy, FXSMITH’s work in movies like Oliver Stone’s Nixon, and Edward Zwick’s Legends of the Fall involved creating life-like effects. Items in the auction from these movies include mixed media, life-size models of eviscerated zebra and antelopes and life-size models of charred, skeletal battlefield corpses from Legends of Fall. Museum-quality sculpture is captured by the cast plaster life masks of characters from Oliver Stone’s Nixon, including Anthony Hopkins as Nixon, Paul Sorvino as Kissinger; as well as John F. Kennedy from Stone’s 1991 JFK.

McLean summarizes that “It’s been an incredible exercise in research, discovery and appreciation of a new art form.” As an auction house which covers a broad range of fine collectibles – the mutant bat heads and cockroach wings, eviscerated wildlife, and life-like busts of Genna Davis, Whoopi Goldberg and Hugh Jackman, and the statuesque Mystique have actually begun to blend in with the oil paintings, bronze sculpture, and objets d’art.

All these incredible items will be on view from March 21 – 23. Register to bid at onlineauctions.waddingtons.ca

Auction Highlights

Mystique – X-MEN 2, 2003hollywood-north-FXSMITH-mystique

Life-size figure consisting of silicone appliques and hair on mannequin of character Mystique, played by Rebecca Romijn, height 69″ — 175.3 cm.
Estimate: $5,000—7,000

Wolverine – X-MEN, 2000hollywood-north-FXSMITH-wolverine

Stunt double bust of Wolverine character, played by Hugh Jackman, height 19″ — 48.3 cm.
Estimate: $2,000—3,000

Total Recall 2070, 1999hollywood-north-FXSMITH-total-recall-2070

Two pigmented silicone baldhead wounds and two exposed brain prosthetics. Diameter 9” – 22.9 cm
Estimate: $200—300

Dolphin – Johnny Mnemonic, 1995

Mixed media, life-size prop model of a biomechanical dolphin, length 85” – 215.9 cm.
Estimate: $300—500