Carved Blue Chalcedony Scent Bottle by Sherris Cottier Shank

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Lot 73
Carved Blue Chalcedony Scent Bottle by Sherris Cottier Shank

Sold for US$ 765 inc. premium
Carved Blue Chalcedony Scent Bottle by Sherris Cottier Shank
Southfield, Michigan
Part of the vanguard of American lapidary artists, the exceptional quality of Sherris' work is demonstrated through this fine, unique scent bottle. The shapely, gem-quality natural blue chalcedony bottle was carved from a single boulder of Turkish rough. Intricately sculpted all around it displays both polished and matte areas, weighing approximately 816.26 carats. The Bolivian ametrine finial, weighing 102.65 carats, completes the elegant form and and is set atop a Brazilian frosted rock crystal quartz stopper, weighing 24.75 carats,. The entire stopper fits into the bottle with the aid of a rubber o-ring that creates a secure seal. Height overall 5in (12.7cm)

Footnotes

  • This sculpture won an honorable mention in the 3rd Annual Engraving Competition held in Idar Oberstein, Germany.

    Provenance: Purchased from Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, Natural History, December 12, 2010, Sale 18406, Lot 1346.


    Sherris Cottier Shank
    A multiple award-winning gem artist, Sherris Cottier Shank, has won 8 Cutting Edge Awards from the American Gem Trade Association. Notably the blue chalcedony perfume bottle in this auction won an honorable mention in the Competition For the Advancement of Gemstone Engraving in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Sherris was a respected voice in the field of gem art. She wrote several magazine articles and was quoted countless times by others. One of her sculptures sold at a prestigious auction in England and her work has been displayed in several important museums and was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. shows. Photos of her gems appear often in books and magazines. With all these accomplishments it is the gems themselves that she valued most.
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