Shell Shock: Conchological Curiosities


Ooooh ahhhh, we like this book, because Patrick Mauriès always has great taste.

Shells are like magic.

The shell is one of nature’s paradoxes. The discarded protective case of a small soft-bodied animals might seem like an unlikely source of mystic symbolism and artistic inspiration; yet this functional creation of nature, in its myriad forms and colours, displays a beauty and intricacy that defy the mind and the hand of man.

Inside this densely illustrated book are fantastic examples of Wunderkammers, statues, ceramics, paintings and amazing grottoes made from and inspired by the humble shell.

Publication date: 1994

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

Details: First Edition. Hardcover with dust jacket. 112pp.

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