Sterling Silver and Smoky Quartz Carving--"The Eagle"
By Señor don Amador Braojos
A visionary, Braojos, is a purist who works with large gemstones and mineral specimens combining them in sculptures with platinum, silver, brass and gold. In the words of the artist himself: "Technically my sculpture has its roots in jewelry. It is concrete, nevertheless, it is more sculptural. For a long time I have felt attracted by minerals in their natural form. I have found a beauty in them that had not been combined before with sculpture in a valid manner. The problem was how to combine minerals with metals in such a manner that they form a harmonic body with all of these materials contributing their own beauty with them opposing each other. Minerals are very beautiful in their natural state."
The present sculpture, depicting an eagle combines natural minerals and cast sterling silver in an entirely unique way--the head of the eagle was carved of fine quality transparent smoky quartz, the neck embedded into a rock crystal quartz point set into a heavy, hand-chased silver base, the beak wrought of oxidized silver. Height 19 1/2 in
Provenance: Retailed by the Enchanted Gallery, Del Mar, California