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Wunderkammer - Cabinet of Curiosities

by Czerny's International Auction House


349 lots | 348 with images

October 19, 2013

Live Auction

Piazza V. Veneto, 17 - 19

Sarzana (SP), 19038 Italy

Phone: +39 0187 691 376

Fax: +39 0187 692 703

Email: info@czernys.com

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A beautiful drinking cup

Lot 1: A beautiful drinking cup

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Description: A beautiful drinking cup dating: 19th Century provenance: Northern Europe Made of Baltik amber, engraved with heraldic coat of arms depicting a double-headed eagle; probably from Konigsberg, nowadays Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania named Kaliningrad.The Amber Road, once also called the Imperial Road, is a route nearly 400 km long crossing Baltic Countries and Russia (traditional producers of fossilized amber), the most important in mineralogical field. dimensions: height 20 cm.

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An important bust of a Roman Emperor

Lot 2: An important bust of a Roman Emperor

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Description: An important bust of a Roman Emperor dating: 19th Century provenance: Northern Europe Of Baltic amber and ivory, the wrinkles on the toga give the watered effect of African marble. Probably belonging to one of the series called 'the twelve Caesars', this imperial bust is inspired by Gaio Svetonio's biographies. A light, vertical hairline on the ivory face.In 2008, busts of similar finish were sold at auction in Italy for the remarkable amount of 25.500 and 37.000 euro. Antiquariato n. 332 - December 2008. dimensions: height 18 cm.

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An important bust of a Roman Emperor

Lot 3: An important bust of a Roman Emperor

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Description: An important bust of a Roman Emperor dating: 19th Century provenance: Northern Europe Of Baltic amber and ivory, the finely sculpted face and the wrinkles on the toga are so natural and realistic to give the watered effect of African marble. Probably belonging to one of the series called 'the twelve Caesars', this imperial bust is inspired by Gaio Svetonio's biographies. In 2008, busts of similar finish were sold at auction in Italy for the remarkable amount of 25.500 and 37.000 euro. Antiquariato n. 332 - December 2008. dimensions: height 18 cm.

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A rare sculpture of a warrior with helmet

Lot 4: A rare sculpture of a warrior with helmet

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Description: A rare sculpture of a warrior with helmet dating: 19th Century provenance: Northern Europe Of Baltic amber, at the base of the sculpture is a seal depicting a man standing in front of a column. Engraving of fine and elegant quality.Always considered a rare and precious mineral, Baltic amber was called 'Baltic Gold' and 'The Burning Stone'. dimensions: height 10 cm.

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A fine sculputure depicting the head of a warrior

Lot 5: A fine sculputure depicting the head of a warrior

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Description: A fine sculputure depicting the head of a warrior dating: 19th Century provenance: Northern Europe body of Baltic amber, at the base the chiselled effigy of a seal depicting a marine deity riding a newt. Since ancient times, the Baltic area has always had the most important fields of fossil amber in Europe. dimensions: height 10 cm.

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A fine depiction of a young lady

Lot 6: A fine depiction of a young lady

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Description: A fine depiction of a young lady dating: 19th Century provenance: Northern Europe Of Baltic amber, at the face are reddish and dark veins in contrast with the yellow amber at the circular base.Starting from the 18th Century, amber enriched the 'cabinet of curiosities' of Russian and Prussian upper class and many other European collections. dimensions: height 11 cm.

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An outstanding case with Baltic amber mask

Lot 7: An outstanding case with Baltic amber mask

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Description: An outstanding case with Baltic amber mask dating: 19th Century provenance: Northern Europe Apotropaic mask of yellow-orange-brown shades, engraved from a large block of fossil resin. The depiction is inspired by the tragicomic theatrical representations of the Classical period, kept in a 'globe de mariage', and resting on a embroidered cushion surrounded by golden floral motifs. The 'globe de mariage' recalls the charme of reliquaries, in fashion in 19th Century France, when brides used to keep, under a glass bell, their bouquet and crown from the most important day of their life. Used since ancient times, apotropaic masks warded off, kept away or cancelled negative influences. In order to remove bad luck and frighten evil spirits, the representations had to be monstrous and demoniac. dimensions: height 40 cm.

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A beautiful amber and horn pipe

Lot 8: A beautiful amber and horn pipe

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Description: A beautiful amber and horn pipe dating: 19th Century provenance: Austria Made of Baltic fossil resin with colours verging from yellow to green and from orange to dark brown, at the chamber is the engraved effigy of a bearded figure. Very thin, long and moulded, horn mouth-piece. dimensions: length 16 cm.

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A beautiful amber and horn pipe

Lot 9: A beautiful amber and horn pipe

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Description: A beautiful amber and horn pipe dating: 19th Century provenance: Austria The tobacco burning chamber is chiselled with the effigy of a male face. Yellow-orange-brown colour with green shades, the Baltic amber chamber is connected to the long and thin, horn mouth-piece. dimensions: length 14 cm.

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A beautiful bust of a Knight

Lot 10: A beautiful bust of a Knight

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Description: A beautiful bust of a Knight dating: 18th Century provenance: Italy Large, marble bust depicting a gentleman with a eight-pointed star on his chest, the cross of the Order of Saint John.The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John was established in the 9th Century and during the Crusades it began, together with the Knights Templar, one of the most important orders in the Holy Land. Created to to provide care for poor, sick or injured pilgrims to Jerusalem, the Knights managed several fortresses included the Krak des Chevaliers. After the defeats and the end of Christian Kingdoms on the Holy Land, the first moved to Cyprus and in the 16th Century to Malta, as representative of the King of Sicily, from there the name Knights of Malta. Napoleon expelled them from Malta and the Order divided in different branches. dimensions: height 74 cm.

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A bas-relieved depiction of Ferdinand King of Spain

Lot 11: A bas-relieved depiction of Ferdinand King of Spain

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Description: A bas-relieved depiction of Ferdinand King of Spain dating: 18th Century provenance: Italy Engraved on the valve of a shell. The the engraving on the shine of the mother of pearl creates a pleasant glossy, opaque effect. dimensions: width 14 cm.

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A fine case depicting King Arthur

Lot 12: A fine case depicting King Arthur

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Description: A fine case depicting King Arthur dating: 19th Century provenance: England Of finely sculpted wood, depicting the king, standing, with a proud and severe expression which conveys the dream-like image of his ideals. dimensions: height 22 cm.

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A sculpture depicting a warrior

Lot 13: A sculpture depicting a warrior

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Description: A sculpture depicting a warrior dating: 18th Century provenance: Germany Wooden sculpture depicting a man with his arms folded on his chest to protect the heart; a sword in his hans. Wearing an armour; showing a proud and austere expression. Some cracks and parts missing. dimensions: height 76 cm.

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A bronze depicting a nobleman on horseback

Lot 14: A bronze depicting a nobleman on horseback

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Description: A bronze depicting a nobleman on horseback dating: 19th Century provenance: Europe On a black marble base with white shades; fine sculpture depicting a nobleman on horseback; with sword, elegant clothes and hat. dimensions: height 27 cm.

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A strong-box

Lot 15: A strong-box

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Description: A strong-box dating: late 18th Century provenance: Germany Rectangular, iron shape with sloping cover strengthened by riveted bands; cover with lozenge-shaped lock (complete with key), at the front another lock and two padlock (missing) closing systems. dimensions: dimensions 54 x 27 x cm.

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A travelling strongbox

Lot 16: A travelling strongbox

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Description: A travelling strongbox dating: 18th Century provenance: Europe Rectangular, iron box with studs, probably from Germany, povided with lateral handles and a big, inside lock. Worn, some parts missing. dimensions: width 84 cm.

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An elegant travelling writing table, Luis XIV

Lot 17: An elegant travelling writing table, Luis XIV

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Description: An elegant travelling writing table, Luis XIV dating: 18th Century provenance: France Plated with bois de rose, with gilt mounts. Parts missing. dimensions: height 21 cm.

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A very scarce strong box

Lot 18: A very scarce strong box

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Description: A very scarce strong box dating: 17th Century provenance: Piedmont Made of walnut wood, the inside made of steel.The typical, Italian strong box from the Baroque period looks like a piece of furniture entirely made of wood, covered with studded iron. This one presented, however, has the opposite structure, which is much scarcer. At the inside is the strongbox consisting in a heavy, iron structure hidden in a solid, walnut piece of furniture imitating a Piedmontese cupboard from the 17th Century. dimensions: height 90 cm.

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A fine coin cabinet of ebonised wood

Lot 19: A fine coin cabinet of ebonised wood

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Description: A fine coin cabinet of ebonised wood dating: 18th Century provenance: Northern Italy Complete with seven drawers and a door, all decorated with ivory plaques engraved and inked with effigy of landscapes and gentlemen. Small restorations. dimensions: height 40 cm.

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A fine Spanish coin cabinet

Lot 20: A fine Spanish coin cabinet

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Description: A fine Spanish coin cabinet dating: 18th Century provenance: Spain The front surface of the drawers is covered by tortoise plates decorated with 'boulle' inlays, the front compartment is complete with some inside drawers. The coin cabinet is provided with travelling, lateral handles. Featuring, fine and peculiar, copper and brass inlays. dimensions: length 107 cm.

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A fine coin cabinet

Lot 21: A fine coin cabinet

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Description: A fine coin cabinet dating: 18th Century provenance: Spain Very small cabinet, of ebonized wood; complete with gilt metallic handles and finish, the inside drawers provided with ivory pommels and guilloché frames. dimensions: height 24 cm.

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A unusual ceremonial mace

Lot 22: A unusual ceremonial mace

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Description: A unusual ceremonial mace dating: 18th Century provenance: India Made of precious wood, sandalwood or rosewood, and covered with embossed silver; the mace used to give authority, command and power to the one who held it.As the flag for the standard bearer, the mace represented the position of the sultan on earth and battle field, recalling at the same time the presence of God on his side. dimensions: length 135 cm.

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A scarce pair of ceremonial maces

Lot 23: A scarce pair of ceremonial maces

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Description: A scarce pair of ceremonial maces dating: 18th Century provenance: India Maces of precious wood covered with embossed silver; once used by Maharaja's attendants, the chopdars, who used to announce the arrival of the king, of a knight or another important figure. dimensions: length 138 cm.

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A fine pair of ceremonial maces

Lot 24: A fine pair of ceremonial maces

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Description: A fine pair of ceremonial maces dating: 19th Century provenance: India Made of precious wood, probably sandalwood or rosewood, and covered with silver; at the pommel the embossed effigy of a unfolded lotus flower.Ceremonial maces are part, together with other objects, of the lawajana, literally the necessary things for the Maharaja's endowments. dimensions: length 129 cm.

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A sedan chair for a noblewoman or a little prince

Lot 25: A sedan chair for a noblewoman or a little prince

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Description: A sedan chair for a noblewoman or a little prince dating: 18th Century provenance: India Made of silver-played teak wood, with strong teak carrying poles at the front and the back (now missing). The chair is solid but elegant at the same time. Engraved with Devanagari characters.The first sedan chairs were used during Islamic dynasties and gradually spread all over Indian territory. Together with the reinforcement of Purdah (a religious and social institution of female seclusion), sedan chairs became commonly used in upper classes in order to protect women intimacy. dimensions: length 140 cm.

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A stone sculpture

Lot 26: A stone sculpture

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Description: A stone sculpture dating: 18th Century provenance: India Polychrome sculpture depicting an Indian nobleman, seated. dimensions: height 48 cm.

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A heraldic coat of arms

Lot 27: A heraldic coat of arms

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Description: A heraldic coat of arms dating: early 19th Century provenance: Italy Of gilt bronze. dimensions: height 8 cm.

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A heraldic seal

Lot 28: A heraldic seal

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Description: A heraldic seal dating: 18th Century provenance: Italy With iron handle and mold, with a soft but austere line. Engraved with the effigy of a crowed shield enclosing two rampant lions.Created as a symbol of identity and property, seals are statements of caste and rank, insignia of power, command and identity. dimensions: height 10 cm.

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A heraldic seal

Lot 29: A heraldic seal

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Description: A heraldic seal dating: second quarter of the 18th Century provenance: Italy Handle of ivory and hard stone, with 'monumental' molding. Beautiful finish, with bronze mold. Finely engraved with two rampant animals. dimensions: height 9 cm.

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A sculpture depicting Falstaff

Lot 30: A sculpture depicting Falstaff

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Description: A sculpture depicting Falstaff dating: 18th Century provenance: England Ceramic sculpture, signed Wood & Caldwell.Sir John Falstaff is fat and cowardly knight, fictional character who appears in The Merry Wives of Windsor and Henry IV plays by William Shakespeare. Falstaff is also Giuseppe Verdi's last opera, with Arrigo Boito, mostly based upon Shakespeare's play. dimensions: height 23 cm.

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Napoleon and Pauline

Lot 31: Napoleon and Pauline

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Description: Napoleon and Pauline dating: 19th Century provenance: Europe Pair of porcelain sculptures depicting Napoleon and Pauline Borghese. Both figures features the signature B. Merli and the crowned mark N. dimensions: height 28 cm.

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A pair of papier mâché Qajar panels

Lot 32: A pair of papier mâché Qajar panels

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Description: A pair of papier mâché Qajar panels dating: 19th Century provenance: Persia Hardpaper panels decorated with polychome shades and gold; decorated with the effigy of a sovereign surrounded by secretaries and courtiers, within the palace. dimensions: height 31 cm.

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A fine stone sculpture

Lot 33: A fine stone sculpture

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Description: A fine stone sculpture dating: 14th Century provenance: Central Italy Depicting a lion seated on its rear paws; probably from Tuscany, the animal shows a thick mane reaching the body. Crack and restorations. dimensions: height 55 cm.

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A large bronze figure

Lot 34: A large bronze figure

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Description: A large bronze figure dating: late 19th Century provenance: France Entitled Vainqueur (Winner), depicting the effigy of a football player, standing, holding a bow in his left hand and a laurel branch in his right one. At the right side of the base is the signature E. Marioton ( Eugene Marioton (French, 1854 -1933 ) and a stamp of Siot-Decauville foundry, active in Paris at the end of the 19th Century. At the leftside the engraved date 3 Novembre 1898. dimensions: height 96 cm.

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An outstanding walrus skull (Odobenus rosmarus)

Lot 35: An outstanding walrus skull (Odobenus rosmarus)

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Description: An outstanding walrus skull (Odobenus rosmarus) dating: early 20th Century provenance: North America Complete with very long tusks; heavy, strong and solid trophy. Considered mammals in the order Carnivora, walrusses live mostly in shallow waters above the continental shelves, spending significant amounts of their lives on the sea ice looking for benthic bivalve mollusks to eat. Traditionally killed by Inuit communities, their tusks are surrounded by thick bristels looking like moustache.In Pierre Bergé & associés' sale of June 13th 2012, a beautiful walrus skull (lot n.216) has been sold for the remarkable amount of 28.000 Euro. dimensions: height 62 cm.

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A beautiful leopard skin carpet (Panthera Pardus)

Lot 36: A beautiful leopard skin carpet (Panthera Pardus)

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Description: A beautiful leopard skin carpet (Panthera Pardus) dating: early 20th Century provenance: India Beautiful leopard skin with head, with natural and realistic expression, classified by Van Ingen & Van Ingen with serial number 26316. The maws are opened, the hair is soft and complete; the scarce contrast of the pigmentation suggests that the skin is from the first half of 20th Century.Van Ingen & Van Ingen firm was established by Eugene Van Ingen in the 1890 and was considered the best taxidermy firm in the world, serving the highest in international nobility as well as the Maharajas of India. Complete with Cites. dimensions: length 175 cm.

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A carpet (Equus quagga boehmi)

Lot 37: A carpet (Equus quagga boehmi)

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Description: A carpet (Equus quagga boehmi) dating: circa 1900 provenance: Africa From the coat of a Grant's zebra, complete with head and tail, marked with dark, vertical stripes.Belonging to Equidae (horse) family, zebras only live in Africa. dimensions: length 250 cm.

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A fine tiger skin rug (Panthera tigris)

Lot 38: A fine tiger skin rug (Panthera tigris)

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Description: A fine tiger skin rug (Panthera tigris) dating: circa 1900 provenance: Asia From the beginning of the Century, in very good condition; on fabric, sewed at the sides. Complete with Cites. dimensions: length 160 cm.

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A large tiger skin rug (Panthera tigris)

Lot 39: A large tiger skin rug (Panthera tigris)

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Description: A large tiger skin rug (Panthera tigris) dating: circa 1900 provenance: Asia From the beginning of the Century, in very good condition, with complete skin (the paws still keep some claws) and head; on a rug with black border.Complete with Cites. dimensions: length 303 cm.

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A massive pair of antique fangs

Lot 40: A massive pair of antique fangs

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Description: A massive pair of antique fangs dating: 19th Century provenance: Africa From an adult elephant (Loxodonta africana); the fangs keep their original patina. Assembled on ebonised stands. At the Ivory surface are longitudinal raisers and hairlines; at the tips small parts missing due to trauma suffered when the animal was still alive. Cm 182 - external curve, without the base Cm 180 - external curve, without the baseComplete with Cites. dimensions: height 180 cm.

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A huge Aepyornis Maximus egg

Lot 41: A huge Aepyornis Maximus egg

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Description: A huge Aepyornis Maximus egg dating: circa 1600 provenance: South Africa The egg shell mostly consists in calcium carbonate crystal as calcite and an organic matrix consisting in proteins and remains of cells. The elephant bird has been extinct since 1700 because of European colonization, it was considered the biggest animal that ever existed. It could be up to 3 meters long and weight more that half a tonne. Reassembled and restored. We are likely to consider that the expression elephant bird comes from the book The Travels of Marco Polo. On April 24th 2013, a Aepyornis entire egg has been sold by Christie's for 66.675 English pounds (lot n. 45, sale 8668). dimensions: height 33 cm.

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A pair of petrified eggs

Lot 42: A pair of petrified eggs

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Description: A pair of petrified eggs dating: Cretaceous provenance: Asia Attributed to Hadrosaurid (Hadrosaurus foulkii), these eggs are placed one next to the other, as a typical brood.We have knowledge of more than 200 sites in the world where dinosaur's eggs were found, most of them are in Asia. dimensions: height 16 cm.

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A scarce fossilized egg

Lot 43: A scarce fossilized egg

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Description: A scarce fossilized egg dating: Cretaceous provenance: Asia Oviraptor's egg, a dinosaur very similar to birds, with thin and structured shell. Of dark grey colour in contrast to the pink chalky matrix. These eggs are very hard to find in such condition. Its name is Latin for 'egg taker', referring to the fact that the first fossil specimen was discovered atop a pile of what were thought to be Protoceratops eggs dimensions: height 10 cm.

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An outstanding group of fossilized eggs

Lot 44: An outstanding group of fossilized eggs

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Description: An outstanding group of fossilized eggs dating: Cretaceous provenance: Africa Kept in excellent condition despites their fragile nature; the eggs were laid in a nest. All eggs are closed and shells are regulat, without roughness and well shaped. dimensions: width 22 cm.

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A Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) jaw

Lot 45: A Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) jaw

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Description: A Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) jaw dating: early 20th Century provenance: Indonesia Complete with teeth, the jaw used to belog to a shark of the Lamnidae family, commonly referred to as Mako. The structure of the jaws shows the thin, elongated and pointed shape of the teeth.Mako shark is mentioned in Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. dimensions: length 29 cm.

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A large Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) jaw

Lot 46: A large Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) jaw

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Description: A large Mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) jaw dating: early 20th Century provenance: Indonesia Open jaws showing smooth and sharp teeth, without smaller teeth and lateral cusps.Mako shark is considered the fastes species of shark, also thanks to the heat exchange circulatory system that allows the shark to be 7-10°F warmer than the surrounding water. dimensions: length 38 cm.

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A large fossilized bone of a prehistoric animal

Lot 47: A large fossilized bone of a prehistoric animal

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Description: A large fossilized bone of a prehistoric animal dating: Cretaceous provenance: Asia Possibly from a Hadrosaurids (Hadrosauridae), a reptile which could be more than 9 meters long, common in North America and Asia. dimensions: length 65 cm.

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A very rare fossil

Lot 48: A very rare fossil

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Description: A very rare fossil dating: Pliocene provenance: Asia The big petrified gharial reptile consists of the skull complete with the long muzzle and the vertebral trunk. The fossil is the result of the compaction of the muddy ground to the carcass aross the centuries. Some parts missing or broken, but well re-assembled. dimensions: length 250 cm.

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A large Cleoniceras fossilized Ammonoidea

Lot 49: A large Cleoniceras fossilized Ammonoidea

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Description: A large Cleoniceras fossilized Ammonoidea dating: Cretaceous provenance: Africa Polished and divided in two parts to show its beauty, the inside surface is full of calcite crystals wich give a very peculiar colour.The term Ammonites refers to an extinct group of marine invertebrate animals similar to 'modern' octopuses, squid, and Nautilus species. The last surviving species disappeared, along with the dinosaurs, 65 Mya in the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event. The fossilized area is the shell which used to prserve soft body parts. dimensions: width 55 cm.

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A beautiful Cleoniceras fossilized Ammonoidea

Lot 50: A beautiful Cleoniceras fossilized Ammonoidea

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Description: A beautiful Cleoniceras fossilized Ammonoidea dating: Cretaceous provenance: South Africa Polished and divided in two parts, the ammonite reveals the iridescent inside areas; the chromatic shades verge from dark caramel to dark purple.The brownish/dark colour of the external surface is due to the presence of pyrite during fossilization. dimensions: width 43 cm.

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