The ‘CLEMATIS’ base, in patinated bronze, is a design of marked character.
The making of this model by the sand-casting method shows remarkable technical prowess. The use of opaque, dark stone as a table-top gives an unexpected and enigmatic aspect to what is, in essence, a work of abstract sculpture.
The ‘black’ stone table-top is made from an almost-black conglomerate sedimentary rock, giving an alluring base-note that shows to good advantage the stone’s natural inclusions—scintillating pyrite and brilliant, glinting labradorite, lustrous as a beetle’s wing.
The stone is cut to suggest the shape of a tree-trunk (tree slice) and the resulting form is reminiscent of a puddle.
A final detail, in the form of a patinated brass band, gives greater emphasis to the stone by reinforcing its contours.