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    CAMEO IN TOURMALINE
    Dunton Gem Quarry, Newry, Oxford Co., Maine, USA
    Carved in Idar-Oberstein, Germany

    This fine example of top quality German gem carving is fashioned from a single, transverse slice of a gem Tourmaline from the famous find in Newry, Maine, many years ago. It displays a deep pink center with a light pink surrounding area and an exterior of pastel green carved into a raised rim. The center of the piece features a cameo of a dancer, possibly Rudolf Nureyev, in an evocative pose. The high-relief cameo stands out even more by virtue of a matte treatment to the background, while the 'dancer' possesses a higher degree of polish. The back of the Tourmaline slice is brightly polished. In exquisite condition, this lapidary masterpiece rests upon a custom labeled acrylic base. It measures 2 3/8 inches across and ¼ inch thick.
    Provenance: Steve & Clara Smale Collection


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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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