Reoccurring themes and revisiting familiar subjects have been an artist's prerogative throughout history so who am I to go against tradition? I used this shell as a model a few months ago and was pleased with the result with the exception that it was perhaps too small. That painting "Victorian Nautilus Shell" was as much about the stand as it was the shell. In this iteration I let the shell take center stage. The little bit of verdigris stand showing was such a gas to paint that I may have to scrounge around for more old brass objets d'art to play with in the future.