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Fine Gems, Opals, Lapidary Arts and Natural History / Rock Crystal Carving of a Stork Family on an Amethyst Base by Peter Muller

LOT 3174
Rock Crystal Carving of a Stork Family on an Amethyst Base by Peter Muller
17 mai 2022, 10 h 00 UTC-7
Los Angeles

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Rock Crystal Carving of a Stork Family on an Amethyst Base by Peter Muller

Brazil
Comprising two adult storks and three offspring, each carved from highly transparent Brazilian rock crystal quartz, with inset carnelian agate beaks and gold vermeil legs. They perch upon a landscape formed by an amethyst specimen, raised above a black acrylic base. One adult is shown with outstretched wings as if to appear to be about to alight. Measuring 12 x 10 x 9 in

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Peter Muller
Peter Muller was born in 1952 near Lucerne, Switzerland. Following professional training in international banking he commenced a brilliant career in that field only to later be lured by the appeal of international travel—which lead him to live in Brazil in 1979. A chance encounter with a Brazilian carver of birds in 1984 inspired him to change his life's work. He established a workshop in semi-precious stone carvings that same year. His works are rich in unexpected beauty and surprising details. Naturally, no two carvings are identical. They are life-like reproductions of birds from the tropics and the Northern Hemisphere, hand-fabricated from natural colored precious stones from all over the world. The bases are hand-picked by Peter from several tons of rough, including Brazilian tourmalines and quartzes from eleven different mines, as well as many other rare minerals from his adopted country. Familiar with the work of Idar-Oberstein carvers since his childhood, Peter has made annual trips there over the last thirty years to learn new carving techniques. These skills are then imparted to his crew of carvers in Brazil, now considered to be the best trained craftsmen in that country. Peter Müller's lapidary work has been the subject of a number of articles including: Rock and Gem Magazine, May 2000 and Wildlife Art Magazine, March/April 2002.

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