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Drawing inspiration from the shape of Victorian tea caddies and shell encrusted boxes from the same period, this piece has been created from shells and eight cabochons. It has eight sides, each of which are encrusted with meticulous arrangements of shells.
Material: Wooden box, shells, cabochon, minerals, crushed coal dust
Dimensions: Height: 17cm, Length: 12cm, Width: 12cm
Care Instructions: Dust gently with a soft brush
The piece is created from a wooden box onto which shells, cabochon, minerals and crushed coal dust are carefully arranged and fixed in place. The lid is also adorned with shells, including miniature white murex shells and cockle shells, both of which were gathered from British beaches.
Tess Morley creates three dimensional, shell encrusted forms, ranging from obelisks and mirrors to cups and chandeliers. The daughter of two painters, Tess studied fine art at Brighton before she returned to her passion of working with shells. Tess’s restoration of grottoes has also brought the attention of The National Trust and English Heritage, and she has worked on the Goodwood Shell House, the Shell House at Hatfield Forest and The Long Water Grotto at Valentines Park.
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