Nacasari Copper Mine, Sonora, Mexico
By Thomas Harth Ames
This one-of-a-kind scent bottle is formed from a very large and fine natural nugget of turquoise, weighing approximately 3960 carats, (792 grams) , from the Nacasari Copper Mine in Mexico, long known for its exceptional quality material.
The Artist has followed the natural contours of the nugget in order to remove any matrix. When held to the light one can see the ?candle? of the turquoise material?that quality of ?translucency? at the edges. This is a very unusual feature in turquoise since it is known for being an opaque mineral and it demonstrates how pure and fine the turquoise truly is?due to its higher than typical concentration of silica.
In keeping with the theme of copper minerals, the scent bottle dipper is formed of copper. It is topped with a Brazilian smoky quartz sphere, diameter 1in, and surmounted by a finial of natural color Brazilian blue topaz, carved in the signature style of Ames, it bears a reverse intaglio depicting a hummingbird alighting upon an orchid, signed with monogram THA for Thomas Harth Ames.
Height 8 ? in
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Bonhams Natural History Auction; LA, San Francisco, New York
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