3035
3035
A GOGOTTE
OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 HKD
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3035
A GOGOTTE
OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
Estimate
30,00040,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 HKD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A GOGOTTE
OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE
with a vertical orientation, the pale greyish-white sandstone with accreted layers and accentuated with a natural opening, the concretion of soft, rounded edges with two diagonal rounded protrusions, stand
h. 29 cm, 11 3/8  in.
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Catalogue Note

This is a beautiful concretion made of sandstone swirling with a fine and 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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