DescriptionTOCO TOUCAN ON TOURMALINE IN QUARTZ
Artist: Peter Müller
Stone Source: Brazil & Worldwide
Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) is arguably the best-known species of the Toucan family. Master lapidary artist Peter Müller has created a life-like rendition of this iconic bird in a plethora of natural stones: deep-black shiny Obsidian for the body; pure white Quartz for the throat, chest and uppertail-coverts; strawberry-pink Rhodonite for the undertail-coverts; bright blue Lapis for the rings on the Rhodolite Garnet and Eosite eyes; and finally the massive beak, which these birds are renown for, are carved of Agate, Onyx and Eosite. Detailed down to the pinfeathers, he has alighting with his wings outstretched, landing with gold-plated sterling silver feet on a colorless Quartz prism that is studded with bi-color pink and green Tourmaline (var. Elbaite) crystals. The Tourmaline in Quartz specimen is from the famed Sapo Mine of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The largest Elbaite crystals are almost 5 inches in length and 5/8 inches in diameter. Some of the Elbaites display gemmy, deep pink cores. The Toco Toucan's wingspread is 10 7/8 inches wide; he is 10 ¾ inches long; and has a 3¼-inch long open beak. This carving bears Peter Müller's unique collection #9167 and the sculpture has overall measurements of 15 ¼ inches high x 10 7/8 inches wide x 7 ¾ inches deep and rests on a plexiglass plinth measuring 7 inches square and 2 ½ inches high. It is in excellent condition.
Estimate: $6,500 - $10,000.
Condition report available upon request.
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