Lot 3120
  • 3120

A GOGOTTE OLIGOCENE (30 MILLION YEARS OLD), FONTAINEBLEAU, FRANCE |

Estimate
35,000 - 55,000 HKD
Sold
43,750 HKD
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Description

the irregular assemblage of sandstone with a greyish-white surface, amassed of soft rounded cascading layers, stand

Catalogue Note

A gogotte is a mineral rarity with a natural shape, old from millions years. It is constituted of very small quartz fragments tied together with calcium carbonate. These strange formations from Fontainebleau in France, the very place where the Imperial Palace is located, which have inspired the surrealists, can also be admired today in the garden of the chateau de Versailles. Louis the Fourteen of France, also known as The Sun King, ordered to excavate similar gogottes to decorate his garden. These spiral formations, which remind a little bit the baroque style, have now find their original spot around the mysterious copse of the Trois Fontaines designed by Le Nôtre in 1677. An example of a sandstone concretion is exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, the museum of natural history of Washington DC.

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