Monumental Obsidian Carving of an Eagle
Lot 1069W
Monumental Obsidian Carving of an Eagle
US$ 80,000 - 100,000
£47,000 - 59,000
Lot Details
Property of Various Owners
Monumental Obsidian Carving of an Eagle
By Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio
A virtuoso feat of carving on the basis of size alone, but also for its quality. This depiction of a bald eagle is fully life-sized and is of suitable quality to grace the most sophisticated home or office interior. Carved of Russian grey-black obsidian, having an iridescent sheen which evokes the quality of the richly and realistically textured feathers, weighing approximately 150 kilos, the head rendered in sterling silver, the beak and feet in gold vermeil, while the eyes are formed of cabochon rubies. The majestic figure sits atop a naturalistically carved steel base in the form of a giant Sequoia branch. Height approximately 70in

Footnotes

  • Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio follows a second-generation family tradition, begun by his father, in the creation of objets d'art.

    An engineer by profession, he grew up surrounded by artwork, sculptures, gemstones and minerals from around the world. Artists, master carvers and jewelers continuously visited and worked at their family studio in Lima, Peru during his formative years. Having recently spent a year in Paris specializing in the study of luxury goods, he now travels the world to bring a revolution of designs to their studio. Inspired by life experiences and nature following various visits to Africa, he has produced a "Wildlife Collection". Equally new to his body of work are Racing Car models, hand-made to scale in gemstones and gold. All of his works merge sculpting techniques with those of jewelry fabrication, and it is their unusual design work that separates them from traditional carving from Europe.

    Today, although his family travels around the world searching for the rarest gemstones to incorporate into their work, their studio specializes in carving ruby. The second hardest mineral after diamond, few artists have managed to successfully work with ruby since it requires a very advanced technique for both carving and polishing involving two or three times as many tools and time as other materials. His works are displayed in museums in the United States and Europe and enjoyed by private collectors around the world.
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