Death's head moths under a full-moon, presented in a hand-carved Welsh oak frame, circa 1800, with 23.75 carat gold kintsugi
signed and dated 'Tom Rooth '23' (on the lower right moth) and further signed, dated and inscribed 'Death's head moths under a full-moon/ handmade & hand-drawn / by / Tom Rooth / Pen 2023' (on the reverse)
underglaze pencil on glazed earthenware, with 23.75 carat gold kintsugi
ceramic panel: 16 ⅛ x 13 ¼ in. (40.9 x 33.7 cm.)
frame: 21 ¾ x 18 ½ in. (55 x 47 cm.)
Kintsugi is a 15th-Century practice invented in Japan, and means 'to join with gold'. The practice is a reminder to embrace flaws, and celebrate the missteps of life, recognising that when seemingly catastrophic events happen, beauty and good can still result.