• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 224

    FOUR VENUS' FLOWERBASKETS

    19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    FOUR VENUS' FLOWERBASKETS
    19TH CENTURY
    aranged with several different coral species and shells, on wooden stand with glass dome.
    15in. (38cm.) high
    Euplectella aspergillum, often called glass sponge or Venus' flowerbaskets, have a sililceous skeleton, and are found on rocky surfaces of the sea floor at depths of 100m to 1000m.


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