A Group of Fine Gogottes (offered individually)

Fontainbleu France
Naturally formed sandstone concretions
Oligocene epoch (33.9 million to 23 million years old)
Sizes: (l - r - not including base) 9 1/2" (h) / 9" (h) / 13" (h)
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.

From left to right; this small gogotte ("Boy Waving") is unusual in that it is complete with no apparent break points. As with clouds, these forms can be interpretive—here I see a toddler, wearing a cap and giving a wave. The middle piece ("Puzzle Pieces") is an unusual fragment—it is relatively flat for a gogotte and has the appearance of interconnected puzzle pieces or an elk antler. The right gogotte ("Finger Sandwich") features a hole through piled "fingers," which form in a triangular composition. Gogottes of this size with holes are uncommon.

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 for each: Excellent with custom bases included.

Price: (l -r) SOLD / $925.00 / SOLD