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Aria Amorosa

Name: Aria Amorosa
Artist: Peter Calvesbert
Item No: TJES
Collection Name: Treasure Jest
Subset Name: Small Treasure Jest
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Made In: England
Status: Retired
Carving Date: 1997
Release Date: 1/1/1998
In Store Date:
Retirement Date: 7/1/1998
Edition Size: 9530
US Issue Price in USD: $55
UK Issue Price in GBP: 29.5
CAN Issue Price in CND: $70
Category: Box Figurine
Dimensions (Inches): 1.93 x 2.83 x 2.95
Ordering Information: Available at select HK dealers or through the secondary market.

S e c r e t s

This box figurine depicts two seals, lovingly entwined, mouths open in song. A plimsol line with numerical markings runs down the belly of one of them, a representation of the amount of oil that can be extracted from an elephant seal. Peter carved the cigarette lighter under the other seal’s flipper after a beach-combing trip in North Wales where he found the beach littered with plastic lighters. Peter’s mouse looks out startled from under another flipper. The inspiration for the rat carved inside was a topical news item that Peter misheard on the radio at the time of carving: the “monster rat” catastrophe. It turns out that it was the “Montserrat catastrophe,” a volcano threatening to erupt in the Caribbean. Hallmarks include , heart, HBC logo, ed.#, and Pc, with "P. Calvesbert" on the base.

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