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This Connoisseur sculpture named ‘Green Cathedral’ is so enchanting that I simply could not resist spotlighting it with an Archive entry all its own.


GREEN CATHEDRAL by Connoisseur of MalvernA limited edition of only 15 sculptures, standing 21” (53.3 cm) high but only six inches wide, this amazingly intricate piece depicts a marmoset, Leontopithecus rosalia, known as the golden lion tamarin.

This is an endangered species which is native to the forests of Brazil. The amazing little “redhead” measures about 10” (25 cm) long – though I’m not sure if that includes the tail! – and weighs less than 2 lb/1kg which believe it or not is on the ‘large’ end of the scale for this family of monkeys.


Green Cathedral detail 1Connoisseur’s little charmer is shown amidst a network of branches and vines which also display two different types of orchids.


Green Cathedral detail 2The mottled and rather star-shaped flower is apparantly Zygopetalum maculatum, one of about a dozen species native to Brazil. I’m going to plump for the white orchid being (probably) Miltoniopsis phalaenopsis, even though there should be more than one “blotch” if that’s the species. However, the angle of view makes it a bit tricky and so that’s my best guess!



backstampWe see via the backstamp that the designer of this lovely piece was W. Green. Unfortunately this is not dated but I’d be interested to know the year that it was created.

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