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Shell Flower Arrangement

Decorative Arts and Design

MEDIUM Shell, glass, wood, gesso
  • Place Made: Italy
  • DATES last half of 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 27 1/2 x 13 in. (69.9 x 33 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS no marks
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mitzi Pereyra in memory of Mary Sequin
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Under glass dome; made principally of hundreds of tiny sea shells, with some crustaceans (crayfish, sea horses etc.) held together by wire, glue and paper on wire base with small mosaic on gesso. Large elongated glass dome covers arrangement in basket on plinth. CONDITION - Fair. One swag, affixed to plinth, has come loose at the end. Crayfish have decomposed; one head missing. One floral oval medallion has come loose; has fallen from arrangement into basket. Numerous small shells loose; some broken off and are resting on floor. Superficially, however, appearance is good; does not look broken.
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Shell Flower Arrangement, last half of 19th century. Shell, glass, wood, gesso, 27 1/2 x 13 in. (69.9 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mitzi Pereyra in memory of Mary Sequin, 65.48. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 65.48_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 65.48_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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