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Lord Byron's Harmony Garden Morning Glory Box
The UK based Harmony Kingdom began making intricate little boxes in the early 1990's. They have quickly become highly collectible. The boxes are intricate carvings by master artists made of crushed marble and resin to resemble antique ivory, then handpainted by cottage craftsmen. They later contracted for special craftsman in China to produce some lines with artists from the Martin Perry Studio. (Martin Perry was one of the original creators of Harmony Kingdom.) One such line was Lord Byron's Harmony Garden which follows the ladybug Lord Byron on his journey through life among the various flowers.
Harmony Kingdom has this to say about this box figurine: "Lord Byron approaches the front door of the Morning Glory but the lady of the house mistakes him for a door-to-door salesbug. 3,885 pieces were made in England. Hallmarks include ©, diamond, HBC logo, ed.#, and M." This piece was made in China.
Morning Glory was carved in 1996, then released on 1/1/97 in an edition of 14386 boxes. It was retired on 4/1/2000. The dimensions of the piece are 2.6 x 1.97 x 3.23 inches. The model number is HGMG. The box is referenced in the 9th edition Price Guide to Contemporary Collectibles and Limited editions by Mary L. Sieber. This piece has three small nicks - the edges of 2 leaves and the side of one flower. One flower has also been repaired where the petal was broken in half. Please see enlarged photos. Comes with it's original outer box but no literature is available with this piece. Price is reduced due to flaws.
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