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    CHRYSANTHEMUM "FLOWER" STONE
    Yonghe Sepiolite Mine, Yonghe, Liuyang Co., Changsha Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

    There is a long tradition in Asia regarding the acquisition and display of natural stone items that resemble other familiar objects or natural features. These can range from rocks that mimic mountains, islands, animals and in this case: flowers. The classic locality for these Chrysanthemum imitators is a mine at Yonghe in Hunan Province. At Yonghe, the "flowers" are radiating groups of colorless Celestine crystals that slowly accreted in a quiet lagoonal backwater, where fine silt proved to be the perfect host media for these radiating aggregates to grow in, before time and pressure transformed the mud into a dark siltstone of extremely fine grain and consistency. The "flowers" are carefully exposed before the whole piece is polished into its' final shape. This fine example features two radiating "flowers" exposed in high relief, emerging from a matrix of a satiny, black siltstone, with occasional veins of white Celestine or Calcite to add complexity to the overall sculptural effect. The largest of the flowers measures some 6.88 inches (17.5 cm) across. As is typical with such sculptures, it comes with a bespoke wooden base of oriental design. The entire piece is in excellent to pristine condition.
    Overall Measurements: 14.75 x 8.25 x 4.25 inches (37.5 x 21 x 11 cm). Overall height in the stand is 19.5 inches (49.5 cm)
    Offered at no reserve.


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    September, 2014
    28th Sunday
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