The purpose of collectors' display
cabinets, so fashionable since the 16th century, was to preserve and present anything that was rare, precious or
unusual, collected with enthusiasm by amateurs fascinated by art, innovation, and foreign parts. Their small size
made it easier to accumulate these treasures which became even more attractive when grouped
Miniature objects exist in all fields of craftsmanship and represent a
genuine panorama of the decorative arts. In particular the Museum displays
Miniature books - books are referred to as "miniature editions" when they are
less than 6 cm (or sometimes 10cm) in height, but the essential criteria are the quality of the printing, the
text and the binding.
ceramics - china and porcelain - miniature table services and toilet articles are
the most representative articles.
clockmaking - minute watches or clocks, still in working order.
glassware was produced from the Middle Ages onwards, and Nevers was famous for this in the 18th century,
along with Venice and Bohemia.
Ivories and miniature fans, which were at their apogee in the 18th
enamels, weapons, musical instruments, miniature family portraits, sewing
kits, make-up sets, writing instruments, games, dancing shoes, etc.