Small Cabinet, 9.3 x 7.1 x 5.8 cm
Roughton Gill Mine, Caldbeck Fells, Cumbria, England
Ex. Dr. Ed David; Lindsay Greenbank
A superb, colorful, 3-dimensional, and just overall outstanding example of the mid-1800s hemimorphite that came from small finds here. These are highly treasured in the UK and not parted with lightly. Lindsay greenbank, the most noted collector of such things, obtained it from the Kli mm collection. What is striking to me about this piece is the 3-dimensional aesthetics...usually these look like so much flat blue carpet for the price. Here, we actually get something more interesting to look at! Ed bought this from Lindsay at the same time he got his famous pyromorphite specimen shown elsewhere on my site, and paid $17500 at the time when pounds were closer to parity with the USD. In England, I have seen lesser specimens priced at 10-15k. They truly go for fortunes. But, acknowledging that outside the UK its tough to get the appreciation for the rarity of such pieces and thus those kinds of numbers for these, even one as good as this, I've amortized this down below what Ed paid - to 9500 for quick sale.