Lapis Lazuli Mounted Precious Coral Specimen

£12,000.00

  • Since Antiquity corals in their natural form has been highly coveted
  • Such corals were recorded in the Kunstkammer of King Rudolf II
  • To find a red coral example like this in such condition is extremely rare
  • Here this specimen is mounted with a silver collar to a base of solid blue gem-quality Lapis Lazuli
  • Lapis Lazuli is mined in the Badakhshan Province of northeastern Afghanistan
  • Height 24cm, Width 23 cm, Depth 18cm
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This red coral specimen, of many branches with flowing lines and organic form, reveals the incredible beauty of coral in its natural state. The coral has been mounted on a solid Lapis Lazuli base offering wonderful rich contrasting colours from another natural material in its raw form. Western and Eastern collectors coveted objects such as this, with its lack of human adaption it is impossible to know if this is from the East of the West. Such an object would be well in European kunstkammer or as part of an ancient Chinese scholar’s collection, either way, this object was highly coveted for the preciousness of the materials and its fine, rich red and blue colour.

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