Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: Carved and Painted Deer with Antlers

It feels fitting to kick off our series of highlights from our newly published catalogue Flora & Fauna with this pair of carved and painted deer with antlers. Deer hold special meaning in many religions and cultures.  In the Buddhist tradition, deer represent harmony, happiness, and serenity.  The Buddha gave his first sermon within the tranquil … Continue reading Flora & Fauna Catalogue Highlight: Carved and Painted Deer with Antlers

Nature at its Best: The Wildlife Art of Archibald Thorburn

Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) was one of the most celebrated painters of birdlife of all time.  Scottish by birth, Thorbun was the fifth son of the miniaturist Robert Thorburn ARA.  Thorburn was artistic from a young age and likely developed his skill at capturing minute details from his father.  He began painting birds, animals, and flowers, … Continue reading Nature at its Best: The Wildlife Art of Archibald Thorburn

A Most Curious Natural Art: The History of Shellwork

Shellwork pieces first appeared in the 17th century on boxes and caskets of the late Stuart period with decoration of rolled paper, and by the 18th century shellwork had become a popular craft often carried out by women.   Shellwork represented the growing fascination with discoveries of the natural world which fueled the Age of Enlightenment.  … Continue reading A Most Curious Natural Art: The History of Shellwork