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Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands

Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
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  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
  • Striking Pair Brazilian Agate Bisected Book Ends Stands
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A beautiful  Brazillian agate, bisected, each section cut and polished to two faces, late 20th century in date.

The bookend are in the form of bisected agate, they are richly coloured in an amethyst purple with speckles of lighter crystal around the edge.

Add a bit of sparkle with these exotic bookends.

Condition:

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 11 x Width 6 x Depth 8

Dimensions in inches:

Height 4 inches x Width 2 inches x Depth 3 inches

Brazilian Agate is some of the most beautiful banded agates ever found. Brazil has the most massive deposits of agate in the world and they are mostly found in southern Brazil. This area has the largest known basalt flow on earth and the agates here are believed to be about 130 million years old. In past years an estimated 3000 tons per year of Agate has been mined in Brazil. Brazil Agates are the ones you commonly see at rock shows, dyed bright pink or blue. Brazilian Agates are also known for the larger sizes, some as large as 3 feet have been found!
 
No gemstone is more creatively striped by nature than agate, chalcedony quartz that forms in concentric layers in a wide variety of colours and textures. Each individual agate forms by filling a cavity in host rock. As a result, agate often is found as a round nodule, with concentric bands like the rings of a tree trunk. The bands sometimes look like eyes, sometimes fanciful scallops, or even a landscape with dendrite trees.
 
Metaphysical Properties: In general Agates are said to be stabilizing and strengthening. They improve memory and increase energy.
 
OakRocks has been in the rock and mineral business for 30 years. We are a great source for Brazilian Agate or Piranha Agate and carry a selection of Brazilian Agate or Piranha Agate cabochons, rough rock, polished rock, and bead pendants.

Angelica Kauffman, RA (1741 - 1807)

was a Swiss-born Austrian Neoclassical painter who had a successful career in London and Rome. Though born as "Kauffmann", Kauffman is the preferred spelling of her name in English; it is the form she herself used most in signing her correspondence, documents and paintings.

While Kauffman produced many types of art, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, an unusual designation for a woman artist in the 18th century. History painting, was considered the most elite and lucrative category in academic painting during this time period. Under the direction of Sir Joshua Reynolds, the Royal Academy made a strong effort to promote history painting to a native audience who were more interested in commissioning and buying portraits and landscapes.

Despite the popularity that Kauffman enjoyed in British society and her success as an artist, she was disappointed by the relative apathy that the British had towards history painting. Ultimately she left Britain for the continent, where history painting was better established, held in higher esteem and patronized.

The works of Angelica Kauffman have retained their reputation. By 1911, rooms decorated with her work were still to be seen in various quarters. At Hampton Court was a portrait of the duchess of Brunswick; in the National Portrait Gallery, a self-portrait. There were other pictures by her at Paris, at Dresden, in the Hermitage at St Petersburg, in the Alte Pinakothek atMunich, in Kadriorg Palace, Tallinn (Estonia).

Satinwood

is a hard and durable wood with a satinlike sheen, much used in cabinetmaking, especially in marquetry. It comes from two tropical trees of the family Rutaceae (rue family). East Indian or Ceylon satinwood is the yellowish or dark-brown heartwood of Chloroxylon swietenia.

The lustrous, fine-grained, usually figured wood is used for furniture, cabinetwork, veneers, and backs of brushes. West Indian satinwood, sometimes called yellow wood, is considered superior. It is the golden yellow, lustrous, even-grained wood found in the Florida Keys and the West Indies.

It has long been valued for furniture. It is also used for musical instruments, veneers, and other purposes. Satinwood is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Rutaceae.

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