Rock Crystal Skull by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof

  • Renowned sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof crafted this one-of-a-kind skull
  • The fascinating objet d'art is carved from a rare specimen of rock crystal
  • Zadora is widely recognized as the world's leading gemstone artist
  • This exceptional work exemplifies the superior quality of his sought after creations
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Item No. 30-7494

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This fascinating carving of a human skull is formed from a highly prized specimen of rock crystal. The piece is the work of the famed jeweler and sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, a man commonly regarded as America's Fabergé for his exceptional sculptures formed from gemstones. This exceptional example of his work is part of his highly lauded Memento Mori series, which includes skulls in a variety of precious gemstones, including rose quartz, amethyst, and green jade. Executed in rock crystal, this skull is one of the best among them.

The Canadian-born sculptor Baron Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof is recognized as the world's leading gemstone artist, and his international clientele includes the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. His pieces, which range from intricate sculptures such as this to innovative bespoke jewelry, are regarded as the most prized decorative artworks in modern time. He is particularly renowned for working with only the most luxurious materials, and this skull is no exception.

Rock crystal, or pure quartz, has been lauded for centuries for its inherent beauty. Ancient Roman Pliny the Elder found its clarity so impressive that he proclaimed it to be ice that had hardened permanently over millennia. When carved, rock crystal appears far more lustrous than man-made crystal or glass, so much so that it has even been used in place of diamonds. Its brilliance and purity, combined with its relative scarcity, secured rock crystal’s status as one of the most highly valued minerals throughout history. It was particularly prized from the Renaissance through the 19th century when it was considered one of the most precious and expensive materials used in the decorative arts.

20th century

6" high x 5" wide x 8 1/4" deep
Rock Crystal Skull by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
Period: 20th Century
Origin: America
Type: Figurines/Statuettes
Depth: 8.25 Inches
Width: 5.0 Inches
Height: 6.0 Inches

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