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Nautilus Engraved By Bagnard New Caledonia
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"Nautilus Engraved By Bagnard New Caledonia"
Nautilus shell engraved and openwork, made by a convict, New Caledonia. Engraving with floral decoration around the perimeter of openwork lace patterns and another engraving representing a place in New Caledonia with boxes and surrounding vegetation such as the coconut palm. This type of creation began in 1886 following a new decree authorizing convicts (convicts) to make, outside of regular working hours, works of art, engraved seashells. Art in prison is a tradition that comes from the days of galleys and port convictions. Based on the principle that all forms of idleness are dangerous and encourage preparation for escape, the commissaires des chiourmes have always favored artistic creation. In Nouméa there was even a shop "the bazaar" where the works of bagard could be bought. The principle of "resourcefulness" is so well established that certain notables ordered the engraving of their portrait, the local landscape of Kanak villages, on these shells, in particular the valves of pearl oysters. But the most popular of these media is the nautilus. source text publication in addition to the Nouvelle-Calédonie catalog. The forgotten prison, published by Éditions de l'Amandier (2012)
Price : 1400 €
Artist : Bagnard Nouvelle-calédonie
Period:19th century
Style:Other Style
Condition : Parfait état

Material : Coquillage nautilus
Length: 12.5cm
Width : 7cm
Height : 11cm

Reference : 646184
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