Rutilated Quartz Rhinoceros by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
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Rutilated Quartz Rhinoceros by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof

Rutilated Quartz Rhinoceros by Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof

  • This remarkable specimen of rutilated smoky quartz is exquisitely carved to depict a rhinoceros
  • The one-of-a-kind objet d'art is the work of the renowned sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof
  • Zadora was inspired by the famed 1515 woodcut of a rhinoceros by the great Albrecht Dürer
  • This extraordinary sculpture deftly captures the fantastical spirit of Dürer's legendary work
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Item No. 30-7344
$178,500
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This solid piece of highly translucent rutilated quartz has been beautifully carved to depict a fantastical rhinoceros. The objet d’art was crafted by the famed jeweler and sculptor Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof, a man commonly regarded as America's Fabergé for his exceptional sculptures formed from gemstones. This one-of-a-kind piece clearly reveals the high level of skill of its craftsman, both in its intricate detail and masterful design. Entirely unique and absolutely breathtaking in its quality, the piece also boasts extraordinary clarity and tone for a stone of this size.

Zadora's rhinoceros was inspired by the famed 1515 woodcut of the great Albrecht Dürer, a painter, and printmaker of the German Renaissance. While the first rhinoceros was brought to Europe in 80 AD by Emperor Titus for the Roman Coliseum, the animal did not make its next appearance on the continent until an Indian rhinoceros arrived in Lisbon in 1515. Dürer, however, never did set eyes on the exotic creature. It died in a shipwreck in 1516 when the King of Portugal, Manuel I, sent the animal to Pope Leo X as a gift. Instead, Dürer based his woodcut on a brief sketch and its description in a letter. The result was surprisingly true to life, with the exception of its crustacean-like armor and the addition of a little horn on the animal's back.

The Dürer engraving enjoyed incredible success during his lifetime, selling nearly 5,000 prints. Today is it considered among the most influential images in the history of art, having inspired work as diverse as illustrations in naturalist books, the Duke of Florence’s emblem, and a relief sculpture on the doors of Pisa cathedral. Zadora joins the ranks of artists such as Salvador Dali and the Meissen porcelain manufactory in his rendition of Dürer's legendary creation.

The Canadian-born sculptor Baron Andreas von Zadora-Gerlof is recognized as the world's leading gemstone artist, and his international clientele includes the world’s most discerning connoisseurs. His pieces, which range from intricate sculptures such as this to innovative bespoke jewelry, are regarded as the most prized decorative artworks in modern time.

14" length x 5" wide x 8 3/4" high
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Period: 1919-Present
Origin: America
Length: 14 Inches
Width: 5 Inches
Height: 8 3/4 Inches
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