DescriptionSIZABLE "BULL'S-EYE" MALACHITE BOX
Handcrafted in Italy
Stone source: Democratic Republic of Congo
Malachite "bull's-eyes" are created by slicing a stalactite to reveal its interior patterning. "Bull's-eyes" with strong patterning are highly prized. This magnificent box has a total of six such large "bull's-eyes": two on the lid and one on each side. The flawless execution by the master Italian lapidary has created the illusion of a seamless block of Malachite with incredible patterning - the inlay seams are literally invisible. The sides of the box are matched with the lid to the point where the "bull's-eyes" actually wrap up from the sides onto the lid. A truly one-of-a-kind box, it has gold plated brass furniture, Black Onyx interior and is in excellent condition. It measures an impressive 9 3/8 x 6 ¼ inches (24 x 16 cm).
Estimate: $7,000 - $8,500.
Condition report available upon request.
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