A Fine Gogotte - The Big Sleep

Fontainbleu France
Naturally formed sandstone concretions
Oligocene epoch (33.9 million to 23 million years old)
Size: 22" (l) / 11" (h) / 5" (d)
Like clouds, a gogotte is nature's poetry. And like the shape of clouds, how we experience them can be our own poetry. A beautiful gogotte with a nice linear flow. Both sides present nicely - I see a figure lying in a bed with arms under their head - but like clouds you may see something different - my base maker saw an abstracted raven as depicted in Northwest Coast art.

A gogotte is a millions years old naturally shaped mineral concretion formed of tiny quartz fragments held together by calcium carbonate. Principally found in Fontainebleau, France, these mother-nature made sculptures have inspired artists from Jean Arp, Henry Moore and Louise Bourgeois. Louis XIV favored them and the have been exhibited at Versailles since the late 17thC.

Particularly grand gogottes can be found at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C., The Royal Ontario Museum, and The Natural History Museum in London.


Condition: Excellent mounted on a custom base.

Price: $8,500.00