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    Petrified Conifer Table
    Araucarioxylon arizonicum
    Triassic
    Chinle Formation
    Arizona, USA

    This beautiful specimen of Petrified Wood is designed to be a tabletop and comes with two options for a base: one - a quartet of heavy metal semicircles that form two cylindrical tubes upon which the massive piece rests; the other - a triangular shaped creation of wood that supports the huge slab in a similar and secure manner. The metal option is a rich, coppery brownish coloration. The wood base is a light, yellowish tan hue. Of course, it is the museum-quality specimen of colorful "rainbow" material from Arizona that is the key focal point of this incomparable offering. With provenance of the Zerk Collection, this exquisite example features a myriad of swirling patterns and vibrant hues. The unique, irregular shape serves to enhance a naturally artistic appearance to the smooth, polished surface. Vivid reds, lively mustards, soft blues, and, even, deep blacks pop off the display face of the large specimen. An additional feature of the superlative slab is the incredible thickness, measuring an astonishing 5 inches (13 cm) in depth, which helps showcase the textural bark-like rind which frames the enormous representation of prehistoric tree. Petrified Wood fossilizes through the unique process known as 'permineralization' whereby hydrous solution containing various minerals flows through buried ancient logs and, by capillary attraction, replaces the once organic material cell by cell resulting in magnificent botanical fossils that can be cut and polished into specimens like this singular piece. The combination of bright color, colossal size, and ideal shape makes this superb. On an added historical note based on the Zerk Collection provenance of this piece, it should be mentioned that Oscar Ulysses (Zerkovitz) Zerk was not only a multitalented engineer, inventor and businessman but also an avid collector of numerous varieties. This large example of Petrified Wood was collected and cut circa 1935 during the time when Zerk would visit Arizona to pick out his various treasures. He would actually travel by train from outside Chicago to Arizona then have finished specimens shipped to his home. At the time this massive slab was completed, it was thought to be THE largest piece of Petrified Wood ever cut to that point. This Petrified Wood is not only big, bold and beautiful but has a great story behind it.
    Overall Measurements: 39.49 x 37.00 x 5.00 inches (100.30 x 93.98 x 12.70 cm)


    Provenance: Ex. The Zerk Collection




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    Auction Dates
    March, 2021
    19th Friday
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