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    PALMTREE COCKATOO COUPLE ON TOURMALINE & ALBITE BASE
    Artist: Peter Müller
    Stone Source: Brazil

    This majestic pair of Palmtree Cockatoos are crafted of beautiful black obsidian and red orange coral. The fine detailing on each feather and the accurately reproduced plumes on the male adds to the realism of the cockatoo pair. The feet of the birds are constructed of gold plated sterling silver and are hand-fitted to engage securely the custom holes drilled into the strikingly textured base. An obvious nesting pair, at rest upon a mineral perch, their life-like positioning shows a couple in relaxed and perfect harmony, displaying the characteristic postures of male and female cocakatoos in repose. In addition to the obsidian and coral utilized in the body and beak of each bird, even the eyes of the cockatoo pair are painstakingly rendered in carefully selected and radiant red garnets. Rare colored Tourmaline and white Albite , found only in a few localities on Earth are used for a similarly grand and impressive base. This majestic carving is marked with master artist Peter Müller's own collection number 9394. The male measures a stout 10 ½ inches (27 cm) tall, while the female is a full 9 ½ inches (24 cm) high. Both birds are 3 ½ inches (9 cm) wide and 3 ½ inches (9 cm) deep. Their base is 15 inches (38 cm) high, 8 inches (20 cm) wide and 6 inches (15 cm) deep. With the Cockatoos in place, the dimensions of the entire piece are 21 inches (53 cm) high, 10 inches (25 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) deep.


    Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    20th Sunday
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