Impressive Black Obsidian Carving of Two Horses--"Midnight Storm"
Lot 1070W
Impressive Black Obsidian Carving of Two Horses--"Midnight Storm"
US$ 70,000 - 90,000
£43,000 - 56,000

Lot Details
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Impressive Black Obsidian Carving of Two Horses--"Midnight Storm"
By Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio
Playfully rearing on their hind legs, rather than in a pose of combat--this carving is a testament to the lapidary skills of the workshop of the Quispe Aparicio family. The figures of the two horses capture the sheen of the fine quality Russian obsidian. The piece is mounted with gold vermeil on steel base. Originally carved from a 200 kilo block of obsidian, a difficult feat in itself to handle, the sculpture now weighs approximately 70 kilos. Height 25 1/2in

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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