100 Lapidary Treasures from the Estate of Gerard L. Cafesjian

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Datum der Auktion: 12.03.2019

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Rubellite Carving of a Swimming Sea Turtle by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Fashioned from a tremendously large-sized rough specimen of gem rubellite, this sea turtle is formed of high-quality, slightly purplish-pink rubellite from Brazil. Depicted in an animated pose—he swims above a coral reef, beautifully rendered with stippled texturing. The eyes

Los #: 1

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Gem Morganite Carving of a Baby Seal by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Carved from a single, highly transparent morganite crystal of pure pink hue, without any modifying brown or orange, this realistic carving depicts an adorable baby seal laying on the ice. Inset with sapphire cabochon eyes, the seal's frosted finish contrasts with the highly

Los #: 2

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Fire Opal Carving of a Pig by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Created by one of Germany's foremost artists renowned for his animal carvings, this pig is realistically carved from a single large piece of firey orange opal. Showing natural texturing of fur and the skin, the bright orange translucent material from which this fine carving

Los #: 3

Schätzpreis: 15.000 $ - 25.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Ametrine Carving of a Rooster by Gerd Dreher

Circa 1999 Idar-Oberstein, Germany A proudly strutting rooster is beautifully depicted through the use of the varied shades of a single piece of Bolivian bi-color yellow and purple quartz—known as ametrine. Ametrine is a naturally occurring variety of quartz and is a mixture of amethyst and citrine

Los #: 4

Schätzpreis: 3.500 $ - 5.500 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Superb Chrysocolla Carving of a Chameleon by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Retailed by Asprey & Co., London, England Designed and carved by Gerd Dreher and retailed by Asprey & Co., the present carving is an exceptionally fine example of gem chrysocolla rough has been transformed into a truly stunning naturalistic sculpture. Richly saturated

Los #: 5

Schätzpreis: 10.000 $ - 15.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Natural Citrine Carving of a Group of Bears by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Retailed by Silverhorn Gallery, Santa Barbara, California A playful group of bears is rendered in natural color, unenhanced citrine. With realistic texturing of fur, the group depicts an adult bear with two cubs. The citrine originates from Resplendor, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Los #: 6

Schätzpreis: 7.000 $ - 10.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Gemstone Carving of a Pair of Lovebirds by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Perched atop a petrified wood base imbued with a rugged naturalism, this pair of colorful love birds exhibits the exceptional quality of carving for which Dreher's work is known. The realistically textured feathers are carved of aventurine quartz, black agate, buckskin

Los #: 7

Schätzpreis: 15.000 $ - 20.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Carved Agate Falcon on Native Copper Base by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Indisputably a virtuoso work of Lapidary Art, Dreher's keen observation of the avian world is apparent in this fine carving of a falcon. Employing a combination of types of agates, the mottled feathers are realistically depicted. The wing edges and tail feathers are formed of

Los #: 8

Schätzpreis: 15.000 $ - 25.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Rutilated Smoky Quartz Caving of Seated Cat by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Of stylized design, depicting a seated cat with bowed head and tail wrapped tightly around its feet, carved from a single crystal of deep brown smoky quartz included with evenly distributed deep golden rutile needles creating scattered flashes of gold. Inscribed with maker's

Los #: 9

Schätzpreis: 1.000 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Smoky Quartz Cat Carving by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Evoking a sense of calm and serenity, the tail of this beautiful stylized cat is curled around its back paws, yet upright and its ears are alert. Superbly carved from a single piece of smoky quartz, a variety of quartz naturally tinted with small traces of ferric oxide that

Los #: 10

Schätzpreis: 1.500 $ - 2.500 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Rutilated Quartz Cat Carving by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Although quartz is one of the more abundant minerals in the Earth's crust, it is far more rare when found with these included needle-like rutiles, a mineral composed mainly of titanium dioxide that is sometimes found as an accessory mineral in metamorphic and igneous rocks

Los #: 11

Schätzpreis: 2.000 $ - 3.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Carved Jasper Toad together with Matching Rough Jasper Specimen by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Carved from a single piece of red and green jasper, this realistic rendering of a toad is a testament to the genius of Dreher's technique and vision. The reptile is carved from the red portion of the jasper while the green portions are used to depict an autumnal leaf on a

Los #: 13

Schätzpreis: 8.000 $ - 10.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Carved Ruby Toad by Gerd Dreher

Circa 1990 Idar-Oberstein, Germany Retailed by Asprey & Co., London Exquisitely carved with incredibly life-like detail from a single specimen of Tanzanian ruby rough, this masterful work depicts a toad on an integral lily pad base. The skin of the crouching toad is intricately textured in a manner

Los #: 14

Schätzpreis: 5.000 $ - 7.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Large Amethyst Carving of a Sea Lion by Gerd Dreher

Idar-Oberstein, Germany, Retailed by Asprey & Co. London, England This generously proportioned sculpture has been realistically carved to depict a sea lion resting atop a rock. Carved from a single large amethyst crystal, it displays an intense saturation of purple beneath its highly polished

Los #: 15

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Impressive Rutilated Quartz Bowl by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany A large and substantial, free-form bowl with a contemporary aesthetic, contour polished on all sides, having inclusions of golden rutile needles. It is rare to have smoky quartz of such high clarity with the phenomenon of rutile needles which are visually apparent in such

Los #: 16

Schätzpreis: 1.200 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Carnelian Agate, Gold and Diamond-set Bear's Head Box by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany The ursine head formed of natural color carnelian agate, realistically carved to imitate fur; the lips and nose polished to a high gloss and the eyes enhanced with rose-cut diamonds, totaling approximately 0.15 carats, within yellow gold bezels. The hinged lid having a

Los #: 17

Schätzpreis: 1.000 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Unique Carved Jasper Frog Clock by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany A fantastically imaginative lapidary creation depicting a frog climbing on a rock. The mottled green, gray and pink hues of the jasper used in carving the body of the frog lends a reptilian quality to the subject. The eyes are inset with cat's eye green tourmalines, weighing

Los #: 18

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Illuminated Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Gold Flower Study by Manfred...

Idar-Oberstein,Germany A northern European woodland flower, interpreted by Europe's foremost lapidary creator who has left nothing to be desired in terms of quality of materials selected and the execution of this flower study. The Bleeding Heart blossoms are comprised of fifteen gem-quality ruby

Los #: 19

Schätzpreis: 30.000 $ - 50.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Aquamarine and Rock Crystal Carving of a Pair of Dolphins by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany The steely blue color of marine mammals is evoked through the use of Brazilian aquamarine in this carving. The sleek pair of dolphins, together weighing approximately 4,719 carats, rise out of the frothing waves, rendered through the use of frosted rock crystal quartz of

Los #: 20

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 6.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Gemstone Carving of Two Herons by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany The pair of birds, realistically carved of red and green tourmaline, together weighing approximately 1000 carats. The eyes set with diamonds, rimmed in 18K yellow gold; the feet of gold vermeil, resting upon a calcite crystal base above an octagonal base formed of black

Los #: 21

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Spotted Jasper Leopard by Manfred Wild

Circa 1990 Idar-Oberstein, Germany Carved from a single specimen of orbicular or spotted jasper originating from Madagascar, a naturalistic pose has been achieved in this fine carving. The eyes are formed of inset light yellow citrine. Set atop a base of Russian black onyx. Inscribed with signature

Los #: 22

Schätzpreis: 1.200 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Banded Agate Tazza with "Chocolate" Bon Bons by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Designed in the tradition of trompe l'oeil artistry, natural banded agate of great translucency forms the bowl of this amusing confection. It stands on a base of frosted rock crystal decorated with obsidian and 18K yellow gold leaf covered "chocolate" bon bons. Several more

Los #: 23

Schätzpreis: 2.000 $ - 3.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Exceptionally Large and Fine Carved Eosite Pig by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany A perfect material for rendering the figure of a pig is this rare form of pinkish-orange quartz from India, known as Eosite. Carved in the form of an adult pig, the figure is perfectly executed, complete with texturing of skin, hair and other minute details. The eyes are

Los #: 24

Schätzpreis: 2.000 $ - 3.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Eosite Carving of a Pig

Attributed to Manfred Wild Idar-Oberstein, Germany A companion piece to the larger Eosite pig carving in this auction, this rare pink aventurescent variety of quartz was the perfect choice for depicting the pig. Length 4 1/2 in (11.5cm

Los #: 25

Schätzpreis: 1.200 $ - 1.500 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Illuminated Citrine Sculpture of a Gorilla by Manfred Wild--"King Kong"

Idar-Oberstein, Germany A single large crystal of natural deep golden citrine, weighing approximately 16,865 carats, rare enough in itself, has been masterfully carved into the seated figure of a gorilla. The high transparency of the crystal is apparent. The eyes carved with realistic features. He

Los #: 26

Schätzpreis: 20.000 $ - 30.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Boulder Opal Cameo Carving Depicting Adam and Eve by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Carved of a single, thick slab of Queensland, Australia boulder opal, split into halves, with an 18K yellow gold hinged fitting to the center, this virtuoso piece of great originality, depicts Adam and Eve in bas relief and uses the subtle shadings of blue, pink and yellow in

Los #: 27

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Citrine and Smoky Quartz Carving of Asclepius by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany As described in Homer's Iliad, Asclepius was most probably a skilled physician who practiced in Greece around 1200BC. Eventually, through myth and legend, he came to be worshipped as Asclepius, the (Greek) god of Healing. To the present day, the staff of Asclepius, with its

Los #: 28

Schätzpreis: 4.000 $ - 6.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Rubellite Tourmaline and Rock Crystal Quartz Scent Bottle by Manfred Wild

Idar-Oberstein, Germany A deep purplish red tourmaline from Madagascar, weighing approximately 410 carats, has been used in this imaginative carving representing the head of a Masai woman with an elaborate coiffeur. The bottom of the stopper, concealed within the interior of the neck, still retains

Los #: 29

Schätzpreis: 3.000 $ - 5.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Carved Gemstone Whimsical Character Study by Manfred Wild--"The Bulldog...

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Well-known for his series of whimsical character studies, Wild has aptly captured the nature of a determined business man. The choice of a bulldog to depict the gentleman's fierce tenacity illustrates Wild's sense of humor. The standing figure is carved of lapis lazuli. His

Los #: 30

Schätzpreis: 6.000 $ - 8.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019

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Natural Citrine Carving of a Lion by Gerhard Becker

Idar-Oberstein, Germany Carved from a single large crystal of citrine, entirely unenhanced and natural in color, this is an exceptional lapidary work of art. Realistically carved, the face, mane and shoulders are particularly gemmy and transparent, showing a strong saturation of color graduating to

Los #: 31

Schätzpreis: 15.000 $ - 20.000 $

Datum: 12.03.2019