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    Araucarioxylon arizonicum
    Chinle Formation, Arizona

    The deposits of Arizona's Petrified Forest are known also as "Rainbow Wood" for the wonderful variety of colors created by millions of years of water seepage and mineral replacement. As such, it is highly prized as a decorative material, although rarely put to such spectacular use as in this luxurious desk. The whole top section is one large single slice of petrified wood, cut along the vertical to create striking parallel patterns of different colored strata, in vivid dark shades of deep earthy red, black and blue, together with paler ribbons of cream and gray-green, brought to a highly polished finish and offset by the rough bark texture that rims the edge. The spectacular slab itself measures 79 x 37½ x 2 inches, and is presented as the top of a finely-constructed desk; with knee-hole, seven drawers and a backside of gently undulating form. This impressive and unique executive desk is constructed from white maple and veneered all over with exotic Brazilian pomelle bubinga wood, a rare and exotic hard wood highly prized for its incredibly intricate lacey patterning. Raised on four tapering brass feet, this exceptional furniture masterpiece stands 30 1/8 inches high overall.

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    Auction Dates
    June, 2011
    12th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 2
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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