Sulfur on Aragonite

Agrigento (Girgenti), Agrigento Province, Sicily, Italy
Cabinet, 14.0 x 10.5 x 8.0 cm
Start Time: 04/15/2021 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
End Time: 05/01/2021 6:00:00 pm (CDT)
Auction Closed
Winning Bidder: Private Bidder

Item Description

This large cabinet sized sulfur is a classic example of the combination of sulfur perched on white aragonite, a rare survivor amongst the tonnage which came out of Italy for several hundred years (in fact, it mostly came out as powder, quite literally, as most sulfur ever mined here was reduced to gunpowder supply, which is why Napoleon fought to conquer the place!). This is a dramatic size, with the large central crystal measuring 5 cm from top to bottom, and centered nicely for display. While there are admittedly some few damaged crystals amid the cluster, picked down to the matrix to remove extra bits and minimize them, this is usually acceptable in historic specimens and most of them are intact - and the major crystals certainly dominate the view. The large crystal is a remarkable 5 x 4.5 x 3.8 cm in size. The color is an excellent lemon-yellow, and you can see it from across the room. It comes with a custom lucite base.