Cerussite (var: Chrome-Cerussite)

Daoping Mine, Gongcheng Co., Guilin, Guangxi, China
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Cabinet, 9.6 x 6.7 x 3.2 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/29/2022 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

An impressive full cabinet sized display specimen of these wonderful and important Chrome-Cerussite specimens from a discovery in the mid 2000s at the Daoping Mine. It's notably difficult to find pieces of this size in this quality from Daoping, and nothing has been found in years. The specimen hosts dozens upon dozens of attractive, well-formed, lustrous, soft golden-yellow colored crystals in a pleasing orientation sitting atop a thin layer of oxidized matrix. I don't see any Pyromorphite on the piece, which is commonly associated with these Cerussites, so it's just solid group of these rarely seen and desirable specimens from one of the most well-known Chinese localities in the modern age of mineral collecting. The largest Cerussite measures 9 mm. Valued at $4,000-$5,000 retail for the size, quality and the fact that they are notably difficult to find on the market now. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#393 C), a well-known German collector all over Europe with worldwide contacts to dealers and collectors. He started collecting seriously at the age of 14 and his great and varied worldwide collection reached over 6000 pieces. He was very active mineralogically until shortly before his passing in 2020 at the age of 82. Considering his collection had a large number of pieces, it still had an unusually high standard of quality from most worldwide localities. He particularly specialized in all classics as well as minerals of the Black Forest, where he spent much time collecting. His Black Forest and German subcollections went to his good friend Wolfgang Wendel. We at The Arkenstone have the privilege of offering the remainder of this great worldwide collection over the next two to three years through our various platforms.