Silver With Calcite
Kongsberg, Buskerud, Norway
Small Cabinet, 6.4 x 4.6 x 0.6 cm
Kongsberg silver specimens are frankly not as rare as we would often like to think, when selling them. However, Kongsberg silvres with such character, and such intricate curling for the size, with calcite association no less...this is not so common! Like the gold above, Gamini picked this piece because he said it looked alive, and he wanted to try to convey that feeling in his painting (which I personally think he does). The lustrous, bright calcite crystals provide a contrast and an accent both, helping to give this piece a bit of life and 3-dimensionality because the eye tries to place them "on the tree" in 3 dimensions. I think that, for the size and price range, this is as good as any Kongsberg I have had and that the painting is simply a bonus to a great specimen that is worthy on its own merits. Ex. Kevin Ward Collection. Price includes specimen, painting, and custom lucite base for display.