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 journey. 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 one off piece of sculpture and cannot be re-created. Please also be aware it is not suitable for children.
Size when fully opened: H20cm, W33cm and D5cm
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