Dead Games / Jan Weenix

Jan Weenix, Dead Birds and Hunting EquipmentDead Birds and Hunting Equipment in a Landscape (source)

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Jan_Weenix 2Un singe et un chien près de gibier mort, dtl01

Jan_Weenix 8Dead swan (source 1, 2)

Jan_Weenix Monkey and dog beside dead game and fruit (source)

Jan_Weenix The White PeacockThe White Peacock (source)

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Still lifes and dead games by Dutch painter Jan Weenix  or Joannis Wenix (b 1639, 1643– d 1719), known for his hunting scenes.

 

white swan heaps off a cliff and in death finds freedom

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Hubert the roast swan cake by by Conjurer’s Kitchen.
It looks totally real but is actually made of pink coloured white chocolate mudcake, with rice krispie treats in the neck and wings.
Bon Appétit!
Found here.

Joan Cornellà

carnavalcoso2 8644_178678105632676_413497794_n mr.rainbow 9788415051978_5Delightfully disturbing comic strips by Joan Cornellà, recently published under the title Mon Nox.
Check more of his work at his official page and his blog.

suspended in void

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Spooky ex-votos (votive offerings to a saint or to a divinity) illustrating people that have miraculously survived the fall, due to Saint Mary that was present at the scene of the accident.
Check the full collection and more info in original post.
Check some more ex-votos here and here.

Children’s Toys of Bygone Days

Guillotine toy-French revolution

 

Guillotine children’s toy made during the time of French revolution (ca. 1794), from the book: Children’s Toys of Bygone Days: A History of Playthings of All Peoples from Prehistoric Times to the XIXth Century by Karl Grober, published in 1928 by B.T. Batsford ltd.

“..the nineteenth century it was the custom in Italy to tie a string to the leg of living birds or big cockchafers and give them to children as a toy to play with. The custom was so universal that we even see such living playthings represented in the hands of the Christ Child, especially in pictures of the Italian Renaissance. A curious example of a similar kind was to be found among the usually so simple and harmless German toys, as a Nuremberg catalog of the eighteenth century proves (image bellow). These were comic figures with space inside to hold a bird which in its struggles gives to the figures all kind of motions. As the catalog says: ‘No one would imagine that a living bird was inside, but would suppose that it was clock-work which made the head, eyes, and beak of the bird move.”

 

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The Chimera

Louis Jean Desprez (painter and architect 1743–1804) at  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

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Shademeister

Drawings from artist Shademeister on Deviant art

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Bat Skeleton necklace

Silver skeleton necklace from Stephanie Inagaki‘s macabre jewelry line Miyu Decay, on Etsy