“Nature’s Song” Storybox Sculpture, £350Past Pieces
“Nature’s Song” storybox measures 13cm x 23cm. The box is 1930’s, and is the base of what was originally a wooden puzzle box. It stands on little yellow wooden abacus bead feet. The background is a hand-painted watercolour, which was dated on the back to 1911. It shows a tree lined babbling brook. The textiles around it are all linen, from the late 1800’s, from a mattress cover that was from a babies cot. At the bottom of the scene you will see a little otter, who has just caught her fish dinner. She is circa 1930’s, and is painted metal (possibly lead). She is partially hidden by the long grass scrub that is bending over above her. Each blade is individually sculpted from wire, painted, and then hand-sewn in place. Above Mrs Otter, sculpted from wire, and floating over the front of the box, is the final line of Gerard Manley Hopkins poem, “Inversnaid” “Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet”, written in 1881.
“What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness ? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet ;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.”
It is £350 plus postage
(Please note that my sculptures are not suitable for children).