Titanite (twinned crystals)

Mutt Glacier, Gletsch, Furka pass area, Oberwald, Obergoms, Goms, Valais, Switzerland
Ex. Kurt Hefendehl
Small Cabinet, 8.7 x 4.7 x 4.3 cm
Start Time: 11/17/2022 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 11/29/2022 6:30:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed

Item Description

A very hard to find Titanite specimen from the Mutt Glacier (Muttgletscher) in the Swiss Alps, according to the small hand-written label attached to the back of the specimen. Titanite specimens aren't terribly common from Switzerland, and they are often coated with "Chlorite", but this piece has the good fortune that the Titanites have very little coating at all. Several razor-sharp, highly lustrous, bi-colored (green and golden) narrow twinned crystals of Titanite measuring up to 1.4 cm sit atop host rock matrix with a layer of "Chlorite" in between. A good overall example of these seldom seen specimens from this particular locality. From the collection of Kurt Hefendehl (#13 CH), 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.