Sharing The Nest


Springstone (Serpentine)

  • 12cm (h)
  • 25.5cm (w)
  • 9.5cm (d)


portrait photo of Royal Katiyo

Royal Katiyo


The two fat chicks are squeezed up close together; they have grown so fast, they are about to outgrow their little nest.

Royal made his name internationally with his lovely sculptures of quails. This charming little piece, signed by the artist and accompanied by certificate and biography, would make a great gift.

Royal achieves the stippling effect for the feathers using a chasing hammer, which has little teeth. He strikes the stone with perfect precision over and over, almost like sculpture pointillism.

By sanding the stone smooth and then applying clear wax, he achieves the contrasting shiny black finish of the eyes and beaks.

Springstone is the local name for a hard variety of serpentine stone. It is dense and durable, with small grains, and rarely has any imperfections, making it a superb sculpture medium. In its raw form, the stone is a pale matt charcoal grey.

The piece is in the UK and will be shipped from there; P&P at buyer’s expense.