Artist: Peter Müller
    Stone Source: Brazil & Worldwide

    This mated pair of Major Mitchell Cockatoos (Cacatua leadbeateri) has been rendered in red Quartz from Bahia, Brazil. Widely considered the most beautiful of all cockatoos, Major Mitchells mate for life. This devoted couple has been captured looking at the viewer, with their heads slightly cocked and their reddish purple Garnet eyes staring inquisitively. The male has his crown feathers extended while the female sits docilely by his side. The male is 12 ¼ inches tall and 4 inches wide while the female is slightly smaller in stature at 10 ¾ inches tall and 3 ½ inches wide. The red coloration of the Quartz is due to Hematite inclusions and it mimics the pink tones that Major Mitchell's Cockatoos are known for. The bird's prominent dual-color crown feathers have been carved from white Quartz and orange Eosite. The couple both have gold-plated sterling silver feet and are standing on a water-clear Quartz prism. The Quartz crystal rests on a dark Granite base that conceals a light source. When lit, the Quartz crystal glows and highlights the perched birds. This wildlife sculpture is in fine condition and bears Peter Müller's unique collection #8972. Overall dimensions are 25 ½ inches high x 7 inches wide x 7 inches deep.

    Estimate: $7,500 - $10,500.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
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