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Seashore Specimens (v). 'We have found our stay at the coast to be most productive. Father has promised that we will return here to continue our search for interesting finds after our trip to visit Great Aunt Sophronia.'


This is an original one-off assemblage created inside a vintage Chinese lacquered box. The box is a deep shade of burgundy red with a painted Chinese Dragon made of paua shell inlaid into the lid. Inside the lid of the box, Clara's has arranged a collection of very small objects; including a selection of paua shell fragments, a real fossilised sea urchin, (Heliophora Orbiculus), and an antique key on a teal satin ribbon. It is unclear as to what the mysterious key might belong; there was no mention of it in any of her notebooks. As the ammonite was such a large specimen Clara thought it best to place it in the base of the box, so as to ensure its safety during their next trip. This journey, as it turned out was not to be a visit to Great Aunt Sophronia after all…

I created the painted handmade paper ammonite using cotton linters pulp.

Please note this is a delicate one off piece of artwork and cannot be re-created.



Box when closed: W20cm, D16.5cm, H7cm

Box upright and fully opened: H20cm, W33cm,  D5cm

Not suitable for children.

Price £260

Free UK Post and Packaging



Seashore Specimens (v)

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