THE CHARLES T FAIRTHORNE TRAVELLING COLLECTION OF NATURAL HISTORY CURIOSITIES
(Released 4 November 2011) Charles T Fairthorne, old friend and travelling companion of Lord Coconut, amassed a collection of Natural History curiosities during his world travels in the 19th century. As a naturalist, entomologist, geologist and prominent member of the anthropological community, he subsequently travelled the world with his private collection of Natural History curiosities to raise money to fund one of his adventures which searched for the illusive ‘coconut head hunter’ tribe in New Guinea.
Our contemporary jewellery and objets d’art exhibition celebrating his travelling collection of curiosities has inspired local Melbourne jewellers and designers in creating these wonderful pieces of jewellery, prints and sculpture.
Justin Siow has continued his exploration of insects and origami with his Allomyrina dichotoma (Japanese rhinoceros beetle) made out of a single rectangular sheet of copper. Justin states “These beetles are often kept as pets and are a popular subject of gambling due to their characteristic horn used in fighting other males during the mating season”.
The jewellers and artisans involved in the exhibition are: Justine Austen, Beth Croce, Tim Murray, Suse Scholem, Justin Siow, Katzinka Tschierschky and Andrew V Weatherill.
Lord Coconut, the store, can be found on Level 4, Carlow House 289 Flinders Lane. This hidden treasure is the only retail store in Melbourne specialising in handcrafted contemporary jewellery, cufflinks, and art for men. The store features works by over 25 Melbourne jewellers, designers, and artisans.
Mark Boldiston and the designers/jewellers involved in the exhibition are available for interviews. The store and exhibition pieces are also available for photo shoots upon request.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am – 6pm, Saturday 11am – 3pm and Sunday by appointment.
Lord Coconut is a successful recipient of the City of Melbourne Small Business Grants program.