This is a nice box figurine depicting Lord Byron who is a very curious little lady bug and spends many hours in the Chrysanthemum Plant-a-tarium, gazing at the skies and sketching the strange life forms that he sees.
This piece is pre-owned in good condition. It may have some marks from previous owner on the bottom. No chips or cracks. The original box is not included. You will get the figurine shown in pictures. Please, check the other items I have on sale from my Harmony Kingdom collection!
- Name: Chrysanthemum
- Artist: Martin Perry Studios
- Collection Name: Lord Byron’s Harmony Garden
- Subset Name: Chapter I
- Made In: England/China
- Status: Retired
- Carving Date: 1996
- Release Date: 1/1/1997
- Retirement Date: 1/1/2000
- Edition Size: 15,854
- Category: Box Figurine
- Dimensions (Inches): 2.56 x 2.17 x 2.6
About The Re-incarnation of Lord Byron: 1996
The inaugural issue of “The Queen’s Courier” in spring 1996 featured an article entitled “Secrets of the Kingdom.” By this time it was clear that collectors greatly enjoyed the “secrets” carved into
and found within the figurines. Noel encouraged Martin to emphasise the importance of secrets to the master carvers. This has become a source of delight for both collectors and the artists
themselves who very much enjoy encrypting their pieces.
The flowers were to be a variation on the secrets theme. Instead of having hidden secrets, they were to have elaborate interior scenes. The original flower prototypes had butterflies inside, but it
was decided that a distinct character that meandered throughout each should be introduced. Noel did the original sketches for the first ten open edition Harmony Garden box figurines and created
the outline for the saga, and Lisa came up with the name Lord Byron as a play on “Ladybug” or “Ladybird” (the English equivalent). The story of Lord Byron was to involve romance and adventure,
so naming the character after the famous romantic poet seemed appropriate. Martin loved the idea of intricate interiors and immediately set out to tackle this very complex project.
The first ten open edition box figurines in Lord Byron’s Harmony Garden™ were introduced in January 1997. In addition, six limited edition single roses were released throughout the year, “The
Sunflower” was a club exclusive redemption piece for 1997, and the 1997 limited edition “Rose Basket” featured Lord Byron golfing on the moon. However, after a few months, Martin realised that
the pieces were too complex to cast and paint. Since this collection was amongst Martin’s favourites, a solution had to be found.
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