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$ 46,000

Pair of 19th Century Shell Art Floral Bouquets under Glass Domes

Origin England
Period 19th Century
Materials Shell & Wood
H. 25 in; Diam. 10.25 in;
H. 63.5 cm; Diam. 26.04 cm;
Condition Good. The Pair are overall in good original condition. One of the glass domes is broken to the rear (easily replaced). Otherwise they are Museum Quality.
Creation Date 1840-60
Number of Pieces 2-3
Description Presenting a fantastically rare and museum quality, pair of 19th century shell art floral bouquets under glass domes on stands from circa 1860.

These are a matching pair of extremely high quality and extremely rare shell art floral bouquets, under glass domes and on mahogany stands.

You will only find a pair like this in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, UK.

We are of the opinion that these pieces of Shell Art were probably made in the mid-19th century, circa 1840-1860. They are possibly Italian (as the one in the Brooklyn Museum), but we are of the belief that they are British mainly because of the flower types displayed and the British Regency style Plinth or Platform.

Each display has a mahogany base, with pointed finial tripod feet, which in turn, have a bottom layer of loose shells, sea-life etc. On this sits a pedestal made of shell to resemble tortoiseshell. It is in turn surrounded with shell swags and shell bordering and molding. On top of the pedestal sits an open basket made again of shell. The basket is to replicate a basket of flowers. Extending upwards from the basket is the most amazing floral display, all again, made of shell to replicate various types of flowers including posies, pansies, marigolds, hydrangias, roses, buds and sheaf's of wheat. Simply stunning!!!
Styles / Movements Regency, Traditional, Victorian
Patterns Florals/Botanical, Handmade, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 418684
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