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    Hartshorne Sandstone, Pennsylvanian Age, Haskell County, Oklahoma

    Over 300 million years ago, during the Pennsylvanian Period of the Carboniferous, layer upon layer of water-saturated sand built up and exerted tremendous stress and pressure on the layers beneath of an ancient beach. The continual sequence forced water out of the sand leaving behind a unique pattern of rivulet-like texture on this decorative rock commonly referred to as Van Gogh Decorative Stone and from time to time even as "petrified beach sand" in homage to its prehistoric past as a geological anomaly. As a plastic rock deformation, this material is certainly interesting for that reason alone. When fashioned into decorative artwork, Van Gogh stone really comes alive. The sense of motion is truly captured in the rock, and this is clearly illustrated in this fabulous example which features the dynamic pattern over its entirety. Presented in a simple but elegant black frame, the colors of the "sand" really explode against the contrast of the black border. The motion of the piece stands in stark contrast to the stationary aspect of the frame making for an additional effect. This piece is sure to solicit questions and elicit a response anywhere it is hanging. The outer dimensions of the frame measure 32 x 30 inches (81.28 x 76.2 cm), and the plate is a sizable 25.75 x 23.75 inches (65.41 x 60.33 cm). Offered at no reserve.

    [Scale: 1 inch, with mark at 1 cm]

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2013
    2nd Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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