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Sophie Coryndon, Book of Flowers, UK, 2017

Origin England
Period 2000-2018
Materials Plaster, gold leaf, resin
Dimensions
W. 102 in; H. 72 in;
W. 259.08 cm; H. 182.88 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 2017
Description Book of Flowers, a large diptych measuring 72 x 102 inches, takes its inspiration from 16th century tapestries and intricate gold-work embroidery. The magnificent piece details a swathe of wildflowers and is adorned with hand-tooled flowers that are cast and gilded before being worked into their final composition on a polished ivory gesso background.

Coryndon’s work is inspired by elements of the natural world and rooted in historical aesthetics ranging from renaissance tapestry to the influential Bloomsberry group. Croydon works and lives in the same area as the Bloomsbury Group at South Downs National Park, thus continuing the spirit of the quiet revolution against tradition in favor of natural sustainability. Imaginative and innovative, Coryndon has forged a successful career of combining traditional craft skills and specialist finishing techniques in a fine art realm. Often material and process driven, employing multiple disciplines such as bronze casting, painting, embroidery and sculpture, her work has found a large audience with collectors and designers internationally. Coryndon, who says that natural forms are always at the heart of her work, became interested in bees after reading about the rising detriment facing the insects around the world today. In an effort to capture abandoned “ghost ship hives” Corydon is using lost wax casting, an ancient and seldom used technique.

Coryndon spent her formative years working alongside her father at the legendary Coryndon Cabinet Makers. Like the Omega artists who came out of the Bloomsberry group and also rebelled against the plainness of mass produced consumer goods, Coryndon took the traditional applications of her royal cabinetmaker father and expanded them through experimental processes that push the possibilities between decorative and fine art.

72h x 102w inches
Styles / Movements Contemporary
Incollect Reference Number 174061
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