Here is a one-of-a-kind porcelain sculpture created by renowned artist Patrick O’Hara (See his website, listed under his name.) Patrick has always been a concerned activist on behalf of the preservation of wildflowers in their natural habitat, and in his career he has created about 600 unique porcelain figures of life-sized wildflower specimens, of which this is one. He creates replicas of actual specimens he has seen in the field, not the idealized and generalized versions seen in botanical prints and in limited editions by Doughty, etc. Each sculpture is unique and unrepeatable. This magnificent example is of the English wild yellow primrose, attended by a peacock butterfly. Of course, the beloved native yellow primrose is one of the time-honored favorites of British gardeners. It is mounted on idigbo wood and was finished in January, 1973, in the early portion of Patrick’s career as a sculptor. Patrick wrote to me in an email: “So, as I think I indicated before, after a year of making and selling small experimental pieces to stores in London—Harrods, Peter Jones, Liberty's, Chinacraft and Thomas Goode—my first major exhibition was staged in Cartier in Fifth Avenue, opening around Thanksgiving Day in 1972. Robert Lewin (of Mill Pond Press) had acted as my agent in securing this show, and he had presold one or two small pieces to Mrs. Jean Flagler Matthews to secure her interest in making the work known, and indeed she owned your five pieces and several more over the years.” This sculpture was exhibited at the Flagler Museum in Florida and was sold from Mrs. Mattthews’s collection to benefit the museum. Patrick’s singular creations have been featured in exhibitions at the UN and are held in numerous prominent museums and collections around the world. For the wildflower enthusiast or for the specialized porcelain collector, this figurine would be a world-class addition to a collection. Currently Patrick paints and sells limited editions of wildflower watercolors and a small selection of other items to benefit wildflower conservation.
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