California Pink Tourmaline and Rutilated Quartz Sculpture By Heinz Postler--"Aphrodite"

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California Pink Tourmaline and Rutilated Quartz Sculpture By Heinz Postler--"Aphrodite"

Sold for US$ 2,805 inc. premium
California Pink Tourmaline and Rutilated Quartz Sculpture By Heinz Postler--"Aphrodite"
Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine, San Diego County, California
Idar-Oberstein, Germany

Possessing a superb quality rough specimen of Himalaya Mine pink tourmaline many years ago, a California collector sought out Heinz Postler and commissioned him to fashion a sculpture. The result was this delightful bust depicting the Greek goddess of Love and Beauty. The rich candy-colored pink tourmaline, a classic hue for San Diego, is ideal for the feminine subject. Her hair is polished, while her face and bust are executed with a matte finish. A classic choker, formed of 18K gold, adorns her neck and she is raised on a conical gold fitting above a quartz pedestal possessing innumerable delicate golden rutiles, the base of which is bordered in 18K yellow gold. An excellent choice for the collector of fine tourmalines or American minerals. This is a virtuoso lapidary work of art. Height 6 3/4in (7.1cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Purchased from Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, Natural History, December 3, 2006, Sale 14046, Lot 8423.

    Heinz Postler
    The Postler family is one of the great dynasties of gem-cutting in Idar-Oberstein. Gustav Postler founded this dynasty, when he moved there from Hanau in 1871. Fueled by his passion for working rough he established a lapidary house and trained five apprentices in the art. His son, Matthias Postler, followed him and now subsequent generations are involved in the family business. Heinz Postler, born in Idar-Oberstein in 1942, specializes in carving and engraving cameos, portraits, engraved bowls and sculpted figures. His son Matthias, born in 1969, is also a superb engraver.

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California Pink Tourmaline and Rutilated Quartz Sculpture By Heinz Postler--"Aphrodite"
California Pink Tourmaline and Rutilated Quartz Sculpture By Heinz Postler--"Aphrodite"
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