3023
3023
A GOGOTTE
OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 1,187,500 HKD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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3023
A GOGOTTE
OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
Estimate
250,000350,000
LOT SOLD. 1,187,500 HKD (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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A GOGOTTE
OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
of expansive proportions and moderately flattened form, the irregular structure of natural greyish-white sandstone amassed of soft rounded twisting layers and swirls, the assemblage perforated by natural apertures, metal stand
125 by 120 cm, 49 1/8  by 47 1/4  in.
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Provenance

A French private collection.

Catalogue Note

A gogotte 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. The ornately rounded, scrolling formations—somewhat Baroque in design—have been restored to their original state surrounding the mysterious Grove of the Three Fountains designed by Le Nôtre in 1677. Known to have inspired artists from the Surrealist Art movement, including Jean Arp, these wonderful forms can compare to the most beautiful modern sculpture. A particularly well-preserved example of a sandstone concretion is on display at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. This current gogotte is very rare in size and is a very spectacular specimen. See also three other gogotte formations in this sale, lots 3010, 3036 and 3057.

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