Opal and Rock Crystal Flower Study—“Snowdrops”
Lot 3357
Opal and Rock Crystal Flower Study—“Snowdrops”
Sold for US$ 23,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Opal and Rock Crystal Flower Study—“Snowdrops”
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-pearl—which 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.

Saleroom notices

  • The caption under this photo is incorrect. It has been switched with lot 3358.
Activities
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Arms & Armor, Coins & Medals, Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Wine & Whisky:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first $100,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from $100,001 to $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price
12% on the excess over $2,000,000 of the Hammer Price

Payment Notices

Payment for purchases may be made in or by (a) cash, (b) cashier's check or money order, (c) personal check with approved credit drawn on a U.S. bank, (d) wire transfer or other immediate bank transfer, or (e) Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover credit, charge or debit card. A processing fee will be assessed on any returned checks. Please note that the amount of cash notes and cash equivalents that can be accepted from a given purchaser may be limited.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.