Posted 3 years ago
I found this enormous grasshopper yesterday at my favorite junkshop. It's definitely seen better days, but what a beauty! It is a planter and was filled with dirt, dead plants and pieces of it's legs. it took me nearly 3 hours to clean it up. i didn't even see the signature until scrubbed for awhile. This thing is a whopping 27 inches long by 15 inches tall! I believe it was created in the 1890s. The Massiers made more grasshoppers based on the same model later, but they were smaller and didn't have nearly as good details as this one [in my opinion]. I think that this comes out of the Victorian obsession with insects.
Do you think that this piece is worth restoring?