Artist George Sellers' Golden Bugs

George Sellers' 22-karat gold insect sculptures are modeled on 16th century drawings of insects.
Studded with Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones, 

the fantastical creatures go for upwards of $4,700. Photo by Ben Garrett

Beauty and the Beasts . . . George Sellers is a classically-trained artist who studied sculpture in Italy, researching 16th and 17th century renderings of insects to create his new Gilded Beasts collection, available through Ceylon et Cie. George and his nephew Ely Sellers carve these large scale, fantastical creatures from clay, then encrust them with jewels and gild them in 22-karat gold. This beautiful wasp is mounted on a faux bois base, which George carved from plaster and mounted atop natural quartz. It's really an exquisite work of art.

George has been doing the window art for years in New York at luxury jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, working with the famous Douglas Little. His sculptures remind me of beautifully-crafted brooches, and George admits to being influenced by his years at Van Cleef. 

A praying mantis detail. Photo by Ben Garrett

George Sellers with his golden bugs. Photo by Ben Garrett

Horse hoof table, gilded in 22K gold. Photo by Ben Garrett

This clay scarab will soon be entirely encrusted with jewels, says George. Photo by Ben Garrett

A faux bois lamp, sold through David Sutherland Showroom. Photo by Ben Garrett

Faux bois tables and floor lamp, sold through David Sutherland Showroom. Photo by Ben Garrett

Artist Darius Goodson and George Sellers conferring over drawings of
Darius' Harmonic Forms table designs, which are sold through Ceylon et CiePhoto by Ben Garrett

Harmonic Forms table designs. Photo by Ben Garrett

Harmonic Forms table designs. Photo by Ben Garrett

Harmonic Forms table designs. Photo by Ben Garrett

Left to right: Artists Darius Goodson, Philip McVean, George Sellers
and Ely Sellers inside George Sellers' Riverfront workshop.Harmonic Photo by Ben Garrett

Behind the scenes . . . 
Behind the Scenes: Me shooting photographer Ben Garrett shooting Darius and George at work
More behind the scenes shots of photographer Ben Garrett at work
George Sellers' Riverfront studio
Sculpture by George Sellers
A beautiful French magazine brought back for inspiration; more of Darius' table sketches
One of a pair of huge leopards created by George Sellers that guard the entrance to the studio
Read Lisa Martin's wonderful story on George Sellers' work inside the current edition of Modern Luxury Interiors Texas, here (turn to page 52).