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A rare and exquisite piece of Hollywood Regency art has recently come to light – a charger fashioned from panels of book-matched vivid rhodochrosite. This extraordinary example of craftsmanship is sure to be a prized addition to any collection.  This is believed to be the only example of its type in the World. Veneered to form an 8 point star design, Shaped with a moulded edge reminiscent of Thomas Chippendale.

The rare and beautiful rhodochrosite is a variety of manganese carbonate. Its distinct pink and white bands make it a much sought-after material for luxury items though rarely as large and significant as this. This charger is made of panels of book-matched rhodochrosite, meaning that each panel is cut from the same piece of stone, and then joined to create a symmetrical design. the edge of the charger is finished with a classic piecrust inspired by 18th-century tripod table tops.

The magnificently vibrant gemstone, Rhodochrosite, draws its name from two Greek words, rhodon meaning “rose” and chroma meaning “colour”. This valuable stone’s use dates back to the ancient Inca civilization. Upon discovering the gem in a cave in Argentina, the Incas incorporated the stunningly beautiful pink crystals into their most valued jewellery. Renowned for its banding, ranging from light pink to bright red, Argentinian Rhodochrosite is a truly unique gemstone. As you know, in ideal specimens of this stone, the banding crosses the surface of the stone in a zigzag pattern, with a sharp contrast between colours. The colour of this gorgeous gem is due to the presence of Manganese.

The eight-pointed star or Octagram is believed to have its origins in early astronomy. Eight lines signify the four corners of space ( south, north, east and west ) and time ( two equinoxes and two solstices) and are associated with different meanings in different cultures. The eight pointed star appears in spiritual traditions from many different cultures across the globe. The eight pointed star began to appear in Islamic art in the Middle Ages. It is referred to as khatim or khatim-sulayman, meaning “seal of the prophets”. This use of the star is likely related to earlier appearances of six-pointed star in Judaic designs, which are referred to as the “seal of Solomon”. Muslim legend tells of Solomon using the star to capture djinns, genies, the immaterial counterparts to humans.

 

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A Rare Mid Century Rhodochrosite Surtout de Table

Stock Number: 35354

A rare Hollywood Regency Surtout de Table fashioned from panels of book-matched rhodochrosite. Unknown Origin/date.

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  • Height: 1.9 cm (.75 inches)
  • Diameter: 64 cm (25.15 inches)

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