A delicate tableau of butterflies amongst dried and painted foliage and flowers, framed in an oversize rosewood frame with slip and original glass.
Collecting butterflies today is now considered, rightly, something we all should not do.
But one has to place oneself into the first half of the 19th century, when there was an explosion of interest in the natural world. From Charles Darwin's voyages, which led 'On the Origin
of Species' to the ladies and gentlemen of independent means, who are now characterised with a magnifying glass, net and bottle.
This is the period from which this diorama originates, from when the beauty of the natural world began to be fully appreciated.
It retains good colour and with little degradation to the contents. It has survived well.