Pohla, Schwarzenberg District, Erzgebirge, Saxony, Germany
Small Cabinet, 8.9 x 8.3 x 3.2 cm
Ex. Dr. Ed David
$4,500.00 $3,375.00
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This superb small cabinet Baryte features one large doubly-terminated crystal and a few smaller ones from the well known German locality of Pohla in Saxony. The gorgeous translucent to gemmy, amber Barytes have exceptional luster. The large crystal is robust, measuring three inches long and an inch wide while the other ones are much smaller, ranging from a few millimeters up to 2 cm in length. All of them have relatively steep, chisel-point terminations and all are double-ended. The big Baryte has sharp edges and terminations with fantastic internal gemminess. It is in excellent condition with only minor edge rubbing and chipping. The Barytes are aesthetically perched on a Quartz matrix that is light colored on the backside and variegated dove-gray to charcoal colored on the front that gives the piece great character. It is a stately small cabinet piece of a rare old European classic. Most crystals from this locality are smaller, flatter, less colorful, or some combination of those sad features. This is a brilliantly glassy piece of art, perched on matrix. It stands above most. This was in the collection of Dr. Ed David, Nixon's White House science advisor among other roles, and I bought it from him in 2005, and have sold it and trimmed it down a few times since then. This used to be the size of approx 7-8 inches, and now is a much more balanced, and artistically presented specimen with the matrix removed so the crystals overhang and display with more gemminess. This is the first time we have shown it, since the last run at the lab trimming. Now, I am finally happy with it!