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Ornament - Flowers in a Vase, Cuttlefish, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 017995

Carved from cuttlefish bone, this ornament is an example of handicrafts shown in the Melbourne exhibitions made from natural materials. Glass domes were a popular way of preserving arrangements. From the donor we know it was exhibited at either the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition or the 1888 Melbourne Centennial International Exhibition.
The ornament consists flowers carved from cuttlefish bone, with wire stems, some of the flowers have artificial stamens. The vase the flowers are arranged in is also carved from cuttlefish bone.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs S. Altson, 1930
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 465.00 mm (Height), 315.00 mm (Diameter)
Dimension Comment: Measurement From Conservation.

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Tagged with: artificial flowers, artworks
Themes this item is part of: Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection
Primary Classification: ART & CRAFT
Secondary Classification: Carving
Tertiary Classification: cuttlefish
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1888


Emily Bissland Posted on 06 Nov 2013 11:39 AM
Hello, we at ABC Open have an Object Stories project at the moment and we have found a cuttlefish carving very similar to this, in the same kind of dome, made in Portland by a man called Robert Frost. I wonder if this example was also made by him? He was winning awards around the same time - 1880s, for his carvings.

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