Mid Century work of artist JESS NELSON MOUSE 24K Gold Plated Metal Sculpture Onyx. Mouse is cleverly stealing a slice of cheddar out of the trap. ONYX Stone Base, early series sculpture.
Collector's Editions 1973- 1978
STERLING SILVER & GOLD SCULPTURES
Production of these sculptures ended in 1978.
The twenty sterling silver sculptures from the "Endangered Wildlife Series" were mounted on mineral bases. These pieces, distributed by Mineralia of California, were unique in the use of fine crystallized minerals as bases. The company went out of business in 1979. The edition was never completed and the molds were destroyed making the few works that were produced very rare. In the later years of production, it became difficult to locate fine mineral bases for the silver sculptures. The editions never did reach the 500 limit indicated on the signature plates. There were no more than 50 of each design ever produced and the first ten numbers were were never issued.
The 24K gold-plated white metal sculptures were produced from 1977 to 1978 . Five series of works were produced. Thousands of these small sculptures, distributed by Mineralia, were sold around the world in galleries and gift shops. There were 15 sculptures in the "Wild Kingdom Series", 32 in the "Aquatic Series", 4 in the "Hawaiian Series" and 4 in the "Sports Series".
Early pieces were mounted on onyx and real stone. Later works were placed on cast stone. Starlight Originals casting foundry in Los Angeles cast and plated the small sculptures ranging from 3 to 6 inches tall. The artist assembled the castings and bases at The Art Works in Orange County, California.
About 5" across base
****CONDITION Overall very good condition, the tail on the mouse is broken. Please refer to photos.
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