Matrix Opal Carving of an Eagle on a Boulder Opal Base

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Lot 2100
Matrix Opal Carving of an Eagle on a Boulder Opal Base

Sold for US$ 40,000 inc. premium

The World of Opals

10 Dec 2013, 15:00 PST

Los Angeles

Matrix Opal Carving of an Eagle on a Boulder Opal Base
By Gerd Moser
Idar-Oberstein, Germany
Andamooka, Australia

A virtuoso carving made from untreated, natural color, Andamooka matrix opal, having a spectacular play-of-color with vivid iridescent greens particularly on the backs of the book-matched wings which are rendered in very fine realistic detail, each wing measuring approximately 6 inches in length, total gross weight: 4100 carats, with 18K yellow gold feet. Raised on a removable Queensland boulder opal base having very fine ribbon of opal veining in the ironstone matrix. Overall height of sculpture: 13 in. Height of boulder opal base: 7 1/4 in
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