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3022
A GOGOTTE
OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 HKD
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3022
A GOGOTTE
OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
Estimate
150,000250,000
LOT SOLD. 187,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A GOGOTTE
OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
of expansive proportions, the irregular structure amassed of dense layers and swirls with projections, the sandstone of a pale greyish-white colour
w. 113.5 cm, 44 3/4 in.
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Catalogue Note

The present gogotte is a beautiful concretion made of sandstone with a sublime grain. A gogotte is a millions-of-years old naturally shaped mineral rarity consisting of tiny quartz fragments held together by calcium carbonate. These bizarre sandstone formations from Fontainebleau in France, which inspired the Surrealists, can also be viewed today in the Versailles gardens. 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. 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.

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