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Dennis, Sarah, 1712–1761

Shellwork flower arrangement.

Additional Title(s):

Shell cabinet

County Cork, Ireland, circa 1730.
Physical Description:
1 shellwork flower arrangement : shell, silk, fish scales, wood, glass ; in cabinet 49 x 39 x 19 cm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Provenance: Sarah Dennis (née Newenham), Woodhill, County Cork, Ireland; by descent to Cooper Penrose, Woodhill, County Cork, Ireland, until 1773; by descent to Anne Penrose, until 1827; by descent to Elizabeth Penrose, until 1862; by descent at Woodhill, County Cork, Ireland, until 1933; David Beadle Antiques, Staffordshire, England; Johnston Antiques, Dublin, Ireland; private collection, Ireland; Johnston Antiques, Dublin, Ireland; Private collection, Dublin, Ireland.
Thomas, I. Shell: a world of decoration and ornament, page 144
Directory and picture of Cork and its environs, pages 17-21
Restricted fragile material. Use requires permission of the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Shellwork flower arrangement made by Sarah Dennis (née Newenham), of County Cork, Ireland. The original damaged limewood vase has been replaced with a modern reproduction, copied from the vases depicted as item 91 (pages 180-181) of the Ronald Phillips Ltd. Catalog (2006). The shellwork is encased in a black and gilt japanned wood cabinet, with hinged front door.
In addition to original shell specimens, the outer petals of one of the flowers include material from a fish of the genus Gadus (i.e., a cod or one of its relatives).
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Crafting Worldviews: European Instruments of Art and Science from Yale University (Yale University Art Gallery, 2023-02-17 - 2023-06-25) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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