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    LARGE DECORATIVE MALACHITE BOX
    Handcrafted in Italy
    Stone source: Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)

    A classic rectangular box rendered in highly patterned Malachite from Zaire. The top and side surfaces are composed of Malachite stalactite sections chosen for their 'flower' type of banding. A huge 'flower' decorates the top of the box and the pattern is repeated on each of the four sides - an expressive display of light and dark banding that appears to be almost chatoyant in nature. The inlay work is so precise that it appears to be seamless. Top grade Malachite, such as seen in this box, is becoming very difficult to obtain. The interior is of black onyx and the metal furniture is gold-plated brass. The box rests upon colorless, rock crystal feet. In excellent condition with a fine polish. Fit and finish are characteristic of Italian workmanship: very well made. Overall dimensions are an impressive 11 ¾ x 8 x 4 ½ inches (30 x 20 cm) and it is in very fine condition.


    Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000.

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    Auction Dates
    January, 2009
    18th Sunday
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