Frozen Forest Candlesticks; Banksia and Magnolia, 2007

Cast in Sterling silver 925 from sculptures cast from dried plants and seeds collected by Junko Mori over several years

Height 11 3/4" (30 cm)


Purchased by collectors in London, 2008


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More about Frozen Forest Candlesticks; Banksia and Magnolia, 2007

These candlesticks are partly inspired by a very rare and large pair of 18th Century silver-gilt candelabra in the collection of the Dukes of Portland, Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire, UK. These truly rare examples of British rococo silver are illustrated here when disassembled by Junko Mori on a research trip to Welbeck Abbey. They have elements of leaves and of insects brought together from individual pieces in the 18th century just as Junko works today, hence their impact on her work.

Junko Mori’s dried plant collections – the main inspiration for these Candlesticks.

Dried plants were assembled in small combinations and encased in a particularly fine casting matrix; the plants were burnt out allowing Sterling silver 925 to be cast which by the nature of the process means that only a single casting of each element is possible.