A beautiful "gogotte" of ornately rounded and scrolling shape - somewhat Baroque in design - which is a millions-of-years old naturally shaped mineral rarity consisting of tiny quartz fragments held together by calcium carbonate. As an underground water stream slowly filters through sand, these tears of stone are frozen upside down in eternal flight. The most prized examples of gogottes are found in Fontainebleau, France, the site of the Imperial Palace of Napoleon I, where they have been protected in a sandy basin for over 30 million years. Louis XIV of France, known as the Sun King, commissioned similar gogottes to be excavated for his gardens. A highly desirable and exceptional piece of "Naturalia", destined for a Wunderkammer.
Oligocene epoch (30 million years old), Fontainebleau (France).
Dimensions: height (with stand) 26cm ; width 20cm
Exhibition : "GOGOTTES: A RIFT IN TIME" (at Eskenazi Ltd.).
Mounted on a custom-made wooden and metal base.
3 200 €