Lapidary Works of Art, Gemstones And Minerals

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Date of the auction: 21.05.2019

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Rubellite Tourmaline Carving of a Cockatoo

By Manfred Wild for Emil Becker Idar-Oberstein, Germany Reportedly inspired by a similar one made for the Sultan of Brunei, the present bird is carved from a single large specimen of rubellite tourmaline, weighing approximately 635.5 carats, with gold feet and comb and, diamond-set eyes and an

Lot #: 800

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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White Dendritic Agate Carving Depicting Owls on a Quartz Base by Manfred...

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Retailed by Asprey, London, England Depicting a pair of snowy owls, rendered from white dendritic agate from India. They rest perched upon a natural rock crystal quartz base from Brazil. Signed EB for Emil Becker Height 8in

Lot #: 801

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 21 May 2019

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Multi-gemstone Bird on Quartz and Dolomite Base

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Possibly depicting a Black-cowled Oriole or a Cacique, the large bird is naturalistically carved with white agate wings and red agate tail feathers. Raised on a base pink dolomite. Measuring 8 3/4 x 5 x 6 in (22.2 x 12.7 x 15.24cm

Lot #: 802W

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Black Obsidian Carving of a Beaver on an Ammonite Fossil Base

Idar-Oberstein, Germany, Retailed by Asprey, London, England Expertly carved to depict a beaver standing next to a "branch" with fine naturalistic texturing of the fur. The removable fossil ammonite cluster base forms a naturalistic landscape. The bottom of the black obsidian beaver is signed

Lot #: 803

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Three White Chalcedony Bears on a Quartz Crystal

circa 1960 Idar-Oberstein, Germany Depicting a mother polar bear accompanied by two cubs with ruby cabochon eyes, perched upon rock crystal quartz point meant to suggest an ice flow. Measuring 6 1/2 x 3 1/4 x 4 1/4in

Lot #: 804

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 21 May 2019

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Agate Box with Gold Vermeil Fittings

Idar-Oberstein, Germany An antique box formed of translucent patterned agate, the top panel with beveled edge, having engine-turned decoration to the gold vermeil borders and four ball feet carved of agate. Measuring 3 3/4 x 2 3/8 x 2 1/8in

Lot #: 805

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Rhodonite Bowl by Helmut Wolf

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Of free-form outline, this spectacular bowl was carved from a single specimen of fine Russian Rhodonite with dramatic black veining. Measuring 13 x 7 ¼ x 5in

Lot #: 806

Estimate: US$2,500 - US$3,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Magnificent Rock Crystal Quartz Bowl by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Retailed by Asprey A very large, highly transparent boulder of rock crystal quartz would have been utilized to create this large decorative bowl. The art of bowl making is now one which has been virtually lost, due to the large degree of waste which is produced by carving

Lot #: 807W

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Rock Crystal Quartz Reverse Intaglio Carved Sculpture By Bernd...

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Emblematic of the distinctive style of the world-famous lapidary artist, Bernd Munsteiner, this is a monumental piece, carved from a single specimen of rock crystal quartz. The face is smooth polished as are the two sides to provide a view into the "inner world" of the

Lot #: 808W

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Dinosaur Bone and Gold Vermeil Applique Intarsia Box by Konstantin Libman

This attractive and unique box is formed of gem-grade red dinosaur bone slabs originating from Utah. Flat polished to reveal the intricate cellular structure of the bone used in the lid is a single large cross-section slab which has been applied with a gold vermeil decoration in the form of ferns

Lot #: 809

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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MULTI-GEMSTONE FLOWER STUDY--"WOODLAND BERRIES AND FLOWERS"

A Russian flower study of very fine quality, consisting of six stems of flowers all of which are removable from the optically clear natural rock crystal vase. The berries are carved of the following Russian minerals: 7 of smoky quartz, 3 of Rhodonite and 2 of pale green Nephrite. Additionally, there

Lot #: 810W

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$9,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Nephrite and Gem-set Egg-form Carving--"The Pansy Egg"

Conceived in the style of Faberge, this table top ornament is designed in the form of an up-turned egg, carved from a large specimen of rich green Siberian nephrite, the base decorated with gilt-metal motif of oak leaves, accented with lines of small brilliants. The removable lid, with pansy-flower

Lot #: 811

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$9,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Published Gemstone Carving of a Dancer from the Marlezonski Ballet

By Svetlana Sediych For the House of Fabergé Jewelry Salon St. Petersburg, Russia Perhaps the greatest sign of the skill of the lapidary artist is in the execution of the white glove which holds the white handkerchief--cut from the same piece of rough--the handkerchief is moveable upon touch. The

Lot #: 812

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Monumental Tiger Iron Matrix Bowl by Konstantin Libman

Of monumental and impressive size, this large presentation bowl, was expertly carved from a single large piece of tiger's iron matrix from Western Australia. The edges are decorated with gilded decoration resembling a gold nugget, with a "claw-like" formation carved from rare blue hawk's eye quartz

Lot #: 813W

Estimate: US$35,000 - US$45,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Black Obsidian Bear

Carved from a single piece of Russian black obsidian, with naturalistic texuring of fur. On a removable malachite base of rectangular form. Length of malachite base 5 3/4 in

Lot #: 814

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 21 May 2019

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Black Obsidian Dragon-form Box with Gemstones

By the House of Fabergé Jewelry Salon St. Petersburg, Russia Beautifully carved of midnight black Russian obsidian, the eyes inset with tiger's eye quartz cabochons, rimmed in gold. The neck mounted with 18K yellow gold and having a hinged closure with a rectangular-cut emerald as a thumb piece and

Lot #: 815

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Sugilite Carving of Two Owls by Peter Muller

Brazil An impressive carving of large scale, each owl carved of rich purple sugilite, raised on a base of rubellite crystals on matrix, raised on a rectangular base. Height 15in

Lot #: 816

Estimate: US$8,000 - US$10,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Agate and Obsidian Carving of Penguins by Peter Muller

Brazil Depicting a penguin family of three rendered from agate and obsidian, raised on a specimen of white druzy quartz which gives the impression of a snowy landscape. Height 13 ¼ in

Lot #: 817

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Rock Crystal Quartz Carving of a Peacock by Peter Muller

Brazil A large scale carving of a male peacock with full tail feathers outstretched, with gold vermeil comb and feet, perched on an amethyst crystal mound, raised on a rock crystal quartz base. Height 14in

Lot #: 818W

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$9,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Labradorite Carving of a Kingfisher by Peter Muller

Brazil Featuring a large gemstone carving made of Madagascar labradorite, the head of agate, the bird captured mid-flight while catching a small fish, perched on a rock crystal quartz base. Raised on a square base. Height 17in

Lot #: 819

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Rhodochrosite Carving of a Duck

The duck carved from a single specimen of Argentinian rhodochrosite with black onyx head, with metal feet, on a slab of Chinese green fluorite displaying druzy edges. Measuring 4 x 4 x 3 in

Lot #: 820

Estimate: US$500 - US$700

Date: 21 May 2019

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Two Rhodochrosite Ducks

Each duck carved of bright red Argentinian rhodochrosite, one black onyx head, on gilt-metal feet raised on a druzy mineral base. Measuring 5 x 3 x 3 1/4 in

Lot #: 821

Estimate: US$500 - US$700

Date: 21 May 2019

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Two Ruby Bowls by Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio

Each carved from a single crystal of Tanzanian ruby, still retaining the hexagonal outlines of the original crystals. The first, weighing approximately 2556 carats (511.3 grams) and measuring 3 x 3 x 3 in; the second, of slightly lower form, weighing approximately 3406 carats and (681 grams) and

Lot #: 822

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Carved Ruby Pig by Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio

Depicting a seated pig, carved from a single specimen of rich red Tanzanian ruby, adorned with coin motifs and armored decoration, a large ruby cabochon and a ruby coin decoration to the back. Weighing approximately 8241 carats (1648 grams) and measuring 8 1/2 x 4 x 4 1/2 in

Lot #: 823

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Ruby-in-Zoisite Fish Carving in Rock Crystal Bowl by Luis Alberto Quispe...

Depicting an marine-scape, comprising six carved ruby-in-zoisite fish a top a scene of "sea weed" rendered in gold vermeil rising from a bowl carved of light smoky quartz. Measuring 6 1/2 x 6 x 4 1/2 in

Lot #: 824

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Blue Quartzite Carving of Dolphins

Carved of from a single specimen of natural bright blue Brazilian quartzite with the dolphins integral to the waves. Raised on a removable mineral base, on a shaped black onyx plinth. Height 9 3/4 in

Lot #: 825

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Serpentine Carving of Two Lizards

Beautifully carved from a single specimen of Chinese serpentine, the rich hues of the mineral perfectly suited to the subject of reptiles. Raised on a base of black basalt carved and shaped to suit the outline of the specimen. Height 10 in

Lot #: 826

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Amethyst and Banded Agate Carvings of a Pair of Penguins

Designed as a companion pair, these carvings make imaginative use of the mineral with the amethyst geode centers forming the stomach of the penguin and the banded agate section forming the head, feet and offspring. Raised on wood bases. Height of each: 16 ¾ in

Lot #: 827W

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 21 May 2019

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Gemstone Carving of a Cheetah

Comprised of fossil-bearing marble, carved into the form of a cheetah, the spots of the marble ressembling the cheetah's spots. Length 11 1/2 in

Lot #: 828

Estimate: US$1,800 - US$2,500

Date: 21 May 2019

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Three Sphalerite Carvings

The first, a carved figure of Buddha, weighing 143.5 carats, height 3.2 cm; the second, an owl, weighing 85.0 carats, height 2.6cm; and the third, an elephant, weighing approximately 207.0 carats, length 4.3 cm.(3

Lot #: 829

Estimate: US$900 - US$1,200

Date: 21 May 2019