Cabinet of Curiosities

Erna Heinen-Steinhoffs Kuriositätenkabinett

She had a particular penchant for East-Asian handicrafts and antiques.


Over the years, she collected many rare antiques and curious artefacts at the Black House which she then would relish in showing to her guests, like in an old-fashioned cabinet of curiosities. This provided topics of discussion for the visitors to the Black House.


Many of these objects came from Erich Bowien, Erwin Bowien’s father, who ran a luxury store for East-Asian imports and handicrafts on the Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich.


Many objects have been lost over the years. Only a very small portion of the original material exists today

Chinese porcelain, XIX century

Chinese Teapot - XIX Century

Chinese wood sculpture, XIX century

Chinese inlay work, XIX century

Incense burner from China, XIX century

Walking stick handle - Japan fashion - XIX century

Japanese silk textile - XIX century

Japanese Teapot, XIX Century

Early Modern Ceramics, Germany

German Porcelain, XIX Century

Architectural fragment from the Rococo period, Germany

Lies Ketterer - Portrait head of Diana Millies as a child

Fossil from the cabinet of Erna Heinen-Steinhoff