Aria Amorosa - Elephant Seals
Released in 1998, this early box figurine by Peter Calvesbert depicts two elephant seals, lovingly entwined, performing a nautical duet. A plimsol line with numerical markings runs down the belly of one of them, represents 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.
1.93" wide, 2.83" long, 2.95" high
As with any hand-tinted product, piece received will be similar but unique.