Vesuvianite with Malachite(?)

China
Small Cabinet, 7.7 x 6.1 x 2.3 cm
Start Time: 01/19/2023 7:00:00 pm (CST)
End Time: 01/26/2023 6:45:00 pm (CST)
Auction Closed
Winning Bid: $170

Item Description

I purchased this specimen from a Chinese dealer in the early 2000s, but never was able to determine the exact locality. The most well-known Vesuvianite locality in China is the Fushan Mine in Hebei, and the crystals on this specimen are a fair bit different than those I've seen from Fushan, but what really stands out is the bizarre matrix, which looks like Malachite, but it could be another secondary copper mineral. The Vesuvianite crystals measure to about 1.8 cm, and have a light greenish-brown hue. They are elongated prisms with pyramidal terminations, and most of them are in good shape, though there are some contacted areas here and there. If anybody out there has seen another example of this material, please reach out and let us know, as we've never seen another like it. A really interesting and strange piece that would make a nice esoteric addition to someone's collection.

Bidding History

Bid Amount Bid Time
$170 01/26/2023 6:34:18 pm (CST)
$160 * 01/26/2023 6:34:10 pm (CST)
$160 * 01/26/2023 6:34:10 pm (CST)
$138 01/26/2023 6:32:21 pm (CST)
$128 01/26/2023 6:31:42 pm (CST)
$126 01/26/2023 6:31:41 pm (CST)
$116 01/26/2023 6:30:55 pm (CST)
$106 01/26/2023 6:30:55 pm (CST)
$96 01/26/2023 5:23:33 pm (CST)
$90 01/26/2023 5:23:33 pm (CST)
$60 01/26/2023 3:42:46 pm (CST)
$50 01/20/2023 8:42:52 am (CST)
$46 01/20/2023 8:42:52 am (CST)
$10 01/19/2023 7:35:55 pm (CST)
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