The "treasure" here is a cascading necklace designed with pink seashells, apatite (a semiprecious stone), freshwater pearls in several colors (teal, peach, and plum/magenta), and Murano glass beads. Counterbalancing this waterfall is an elaborate depiction by Luca Della Robbia of lilies, petunias, and other plant life rendered in lilac, cobalt and green against a rich gold background.
While working on Pavonia, I had come across a set of four elaborate depictions of flowers by Luca Della Robbia. I had planned to use one of them in "Pavonia," but that assemblage headed off in a different direction. Instead, I constructed "Treasure Chest" around one of them.
Della Robbia's lilies, petunias, and other flowers feature lilac, cobalt, magenta, light green and dark green, while my necklace features pink, plum/magenta, teal, and aqua. Without matching precisely, the colors of the flowers and vegetation blend well with the colors in the necklace against which they are juxtaposed.
Custom framed with museum glass in a sophisticated deep wooden frame in collaboration with Chevy Chase Art Gallery, Washington, DC.
Frame color: Silver
Size (in inches): 12 x 10 x 4
- The mental image of a pirate's booty is a chest buried to hide its contents of gold, jewels, and other riches. This assemblage instead represents the moment that treasure fills the trunk.