July 18, 2007


bibelot \BEE-buh-loh\, noun:
A small decorative object without practical utility; a trinket.

They break in expecting to find a collection of bibelots, objets de vertu, exquisite porcelain, Elizabethan miniatures, 18th century Italian fiddles, cabinets of curiosa, shelves of first editions, rare erotic manuscripts, rooms full of exquisite things: the fine and delicate treasures of a fine and delicate creature.
-- Simon Barnes, "Villains who are wiser after the event", Times (London), January 10, 2001

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