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Decorative shellwork arrangement

Date: c 1900
Dimensions:
Overall: 700 x 710 x 400 mm
Medium: Shells, coral, wood, glass
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Ornamental arrangement
Object No: 00000645

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    Description
    This late 19th century ornamental arrangement of Australian seashells and corals is housed in a glass and cedar cabinet. Shell collecting was a popular seaside pastime for men, women and children, and provided materials for decorative arts and crafts fashionable during this period.
    SignificanceDecorative shell work such as this is representative of the art of collecting and classifying, popular in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
    HistoryMany Australian collections of natural specimens from the 19th and early 20th centuries were a result of the developing interest in naturalism, the rise of tourism, and the greater accessibility of seaside destinations due to the growth of the railway. Cabinets of arranged shells, flowers and taxonomy were common middle class drawing room curiosities.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: Shellwork arrangement in a glass and cedar cabinet

    Web title: Decorative shellwork arrangement

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