“The house represents my interest in human culture from all over the world, from ancient to modern times,” says Haseltine. “It reflects my curiosity of mind.” A walk through the home confirms his eclectic approach to collecting. Beckoning from the reaches of nearly every room are serene Chinese Buddhas, gesturing Indian goddesses and heroic Hellenistic statuary, testifying to the scientist’s humanistic, multi-cultural outlook.
In the dining room, an ancient Byzantine mosaic extends over an antique Biedermeier sideboard set with Chinese jewelry and Moghul Indian candlesticks. At the center of the room, the circular table is arranged with colorfully patterned ceramic plates from Morocco, each one a different design.