Opal and Rock Crystal Flower StudySnowdrops
By Manfred Wild
Evoking the humble Spring flower common in the forests of Northern Europe, this elegant sculpture is designed as a vase with an arrangement of snowdrops. The translucent green leaves of Russian nephrite enhance the composition and contrast with the flowerheads carved of white kascholong,. The name kascholong is derived from Mongolian. It describes a translucent, white or colored common opal with a porcelain appearance, with similarities to mother-of-pearlwhich is why it is also known as the mother-of-pearl opal. The present high-quality material, originating in Siberia, is extremely porous and suitable for carving due to its hardness (Mohs 7.5), which is greater than opal and more comparable to chalcedony. The basket-shaped vase, carved of rock crystal quartz, bears granulated gold decorated borders. The snowdrops emerge from a bed of moss formed of 18K yellow gold tendrils and each flower has a stem formed of 18K yellow gold.
Height 7 ½ in.
- The caption under this photo is incorrect. It has been switched with lot 3358.