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Magical Medieval Botanical Herbarium  Roombox in Half Scale Vignette  With  Worldwide Free Shipping

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Nestled in a cloister of an Abbey, not so unlike Shrewsbury in the Twelfth Century, a contemplative cleric obviously tends this lovely Herbarium with great patience and devotion. Lovingly inspired by the Benedictine Brother Cadfael's Herbarium in the Ellis Peters' mysteries, this tiny botanical cottage contains all that Brother Cadfael might need of an autumn afternoon. Or perhaps it is home to a Sister in a Convent we have long forgotten. Brought back to life, here herbs have been strung from the rafters, there delicate plants grow in pots. Dried herbs are stored on shelves in clay pots or in small wooden boxes, infusions are stored in small casks, rare potions in crystal bottles. The herbalist who works here has left his or her work for us here on the desk, see the manuscripts so carefully annotated and illustrated. Catch the scent of the wild moss, the oregano, the rosemary, cinnamon, the anise, tea and the white rose.

The Vignette interior is approximately 6" x 6" x 10" on an 8" x 8" wooden base. Constructed by Melissa Hirst Chaple, this tiny building is made of individually hand cast stone bricks of ground alabaster constructed brick by brick and then carefully hand painted in layer upon layer of translucent artist acrylic paints, mediums and acrylic inks. Sitting on a hardwood base, this little alcove is lightly landscaped with charmingly natural dried flowers, herbs, twigs and mosses. The Herbarium is fully enclosed, like a magic box, with a removable thatched roof and front door panel.

This little room box, perfect on a desk or a bookcase, or a bedside table, is made with all of the loving devotion we pour into our larger dollhouses. These little ones are truly a labor of unconditional love.

The individual building blocks for this structure were hand cast by the artist, Paul Chaple, from brick and architectural elements used under licensing agreement with Hirst Arts Fantasy Architecture Inc. This is a heavy structure, made of cast stone and wood. No builders foam, egg cartons or foam core was used in its construction.

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Magical Medieval Botanical Herbarium Roombox in Half Scale Vignette With Worldwide Free Shipping


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, stone, moss, paint, silk, unconditional love, dried flowers
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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