Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli

Pyrite and white calcite inclusions
Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
45.5cm x 47cm x 10cm - 40.6kg

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This large size freeform comes out of a massive block from Afghanistan, the source of lapis for the ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations, as well as the later Greek and Roman. Lapis Lazuli was found on the funeral mask of King Tutankhamun and was used as a pigment for painting until the 19th century.

Butterfly Red Dot

Butterfly Red Dot

Cymothoe Sangaris

Indonesia

70cm x 70cm

Butterflies bear some of the most delicate and beautiful patterns and colours in nature. This custom made frame holds 48 complete specimens and protects them from sunlight with an anti-reflective and ultraviolet glass.

Ammonite Speetoniceras

Ammonite Speetoniceras

Jurassic (208–146 million years)
Volga river, Ulyanovsk region, Russia
37cm x 32.5cm

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Ammonites were cephalopod molluscs, which name comes from the ancient Egypt god Amon. This large split fossil reveals the shell’s beautiful chambers covered with pyrite and orange calcite. Its size and very fine and regular outer pyrite ring make it a very rare specimen.

African Grey Parrot Skeleton

African Grey Parrot Skeleton

Psittacus erithacus

In its glass case

31cm

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Also known as the Grey Parrot, is a medium-sized parrot found in the primary and secondary rainforest of West and Central Africa. Experts regard it as one of the most intelligent birds in the world.

Butterfly Quadriptych

Butterfly Quadriptych

Papilio Ulysses
Morpho Sulkowskyi
Indonesia

100cm x 21cm

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This custom made set of frames was specifically designed to display and protect magnificent vivid blue Ulysses and fascinating Morphos with their holographic shine. Each specimen was carefully chosen in order to feature a harmonious and beautiful ensemble.

Parasited wood

Parasited wood

33cm x 34cm

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Wood-rose, a remarkable vegetable excrescence, resembling a flower with radiating corrugated petals carved from wood, caused by the union of the saucer-shaped placenta-like base of certain parasitic plants of the mistle-toe family with the foster-branch of the host and its persistence after the death of the plant.

Rock Crystal

Rock Crystal

Water and gas inclusions

Madagascar
40cm x 26cm - 21.6kg

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This superb polished specimen features delicate lavender, milky and colorless crystal and rare water and gas inclusions. The Greeks originally named Quartz "Krystallos", meaning ice, but this soon became the word used for all crystals.

Whistling Thorn Acacia

Whistling Thorn Acacia

Acacia drepanolobium

Kenya

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This specie of acacia produces a pair of straight thorns at each node, some of which have large bulbous bases. The tree has a truly mutualistic relationship with stinging ants: in exchange for its sugary nectar and shelter, ants provide the acacia with a full defense service, thanks to its teeming mass of infantry.

Lesser Flamingo

Lesser Flamingo

Phœnicopterus minor

Africa

69cm

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The Lesser Flamingo is a species of flamingo occurring in sub-Saharan Africa with another population in India. The Lesser Flamingo is the smallest species of flamingo, though it is a tall and largish bird by most standards.

Sandstone “Gogotte” Helmet

Sandstone “Gogotte” Helmet

Oligocene (33.9 - 23 million years)

Fontainebleau region, France

24cm x 16cm

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A Gogotte is a concretion burried in fine and pure white silicate sand bassins. Those found in France are known as the finest and most sought after. This specimen's close to perfect symetrical features make it a prize collector's item. Truly one of Mother Nature's wonders...

Fossilised Pine Cones

Fossilised Pine Cones

Araucaria mirabilis

Jurassic (210 million years)

Patagonia, Argentina

7cm x 5.5cm

A fossilized/petrified pine cone, cut in 2 halves, revealing its beautiful fruit-like patterns. The inner sections have been polished whereas the outer portions have been maintained in the natural condition.

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Eurasian Eagle Owl

Bubo Bubo

70cm

The Eurasian Eagle Owl is a species of eagle owl resident in much of Eurasia. It is sometimes called the European Eagle Owl and is, in Europe where it is the only member of its genus besides the Snowy Owl.

Woolly Mammoth tooth

Woolly Mammoth tooth

Mammuthus primigenius
Late Pleistocene (100,000 - 10,000 years)
Siberian Permafrost, Russia
26cm x 16cm - 2.48kg

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This molar of a Woolly Mammoth was found in the Siberian Permafrost with well preserved roots. Their teeth were huge flat molars with a surface that was ideally suited to grinding up hard-to-digest foods such as tough grasses and other thick vegetation. Adults stood up to 3.5m at the shoulder and weighed nearly 6 tons.

Coprolite Triptych

Coprolite Triptych

Fossilized excrement
Madagascar

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Fossilized faeces of Palaeozic-Cenozoic vertebrates are a must have in any Cabinet of Curiosities and a humouristic object of conversation. Coprolite actually provides scientists with very important information about the diet and environment of ancient biota.

Woolly Rhinoceros Horn

Woolly Rhinoceros Horn

Coelodonta antiquitates
Late Pleistocene

(100,000 - 10,000 years)

Siberian Permafrost, Russia

L. ext.: 107cm, L. int.: 83cm,
W. base: 23cm - 5.02kg

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This fantastic untreated specimen was preserved due to unique conditions of freezing and desiccation. Its structure was not altered or mineralized, thus its original condition has been retained. The Woolly Rhino was one of the largest Ice Age mammals to inhabit Eurasia, second only to the Woolly Mammoth.

Flawless Crystal Sphere

Flawless Crystal Sphere

Brazil
Cut and polished in Switzerland
12.3cm - 2.757kg

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A rare and perfectly clear crystal or quartz sphere is another must-have object for a Modern Cabinet of Curiosities. It has an extremely strong focus and obviously must not be let in direct sunlight! The world's largest flawless crystal sphere is in the NHM in Washington DC, weighs 48.5kg and has a diameter of 32.7cm.

Emu Baby

Emu Baby

Dromaius novaehollandiae

H: 25cm

A beautiful specimen of a juvenile emu, the largest bird native to Australia and the second largest in the world after the ostrich.

Lava Sphere

Lava Sphere

Vesicular basalt

Madagascar

Diametre: 29.5cm

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Basalt is an extrusive igneous (volcanic) rock formed from the rapid cooling of basaltic lava exposed at or very near the surface. This specimen contains "Swiss Cheese" type holes that result from gas bubbles which did not get a chance to pop before the lava cooled down and were preserved as vesicles.

Jet Sphere

Jet Sphere

Siberia, Russia

Diameter: 12cm

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Jet, also known as "Gagat" or "Black Amber", is a product of high pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago (Araucariaceae family). Jet is found in thin veins underground which makes it rare to find spheres much larger than this specimen.

Ammonite Placenticeras meeki

Ammonite Placenticeras meeki

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Fully opalized ammonite specimen from Canada, displaying bright multi-color opalescence across all surfaces. Polished

Amethyst Cluster

Amethyst Cluster

Basin Creek "The Catalan",
Artigas, Uruguay
24cmx24cm

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Amethyst is a violet variety of quartz and was used as a gemstone by the ancient Egyptians. Uruguay is the source of some of the finest amethyst gems known today, typically displaying a rich velvety look and a deep purple colour.

Elephant Bird’s Egg

Elephant Bird’s Egg

Aepyornis Maximus

Exceptional condition

Madagascar

H: 31cm - D: 22.5cm

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This giant egg is in its original condition, with a perfectly smooth surface and no traces of calcification. Aepyornis was a giant, flightless bird from Madagascar. Extinct since the XVIIth c., Aepyornis was the world's largest bird, believed to have been 3 m. tall and close to 500kg.

Australian Trumpet

Australian Trumpet

Syrinx aruanus
Molucca Sea, Indonesia
56cm x 22cm

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The largest living univalve sea shell, the Syrinx is a carnivorous gastropod, widely despicted in XVIIth and XVIIIth century natural history books and present in most Cabinets of Curiosities. A large and very well preserved specimen for admiring collectors and interior designers.

Knobby Star Coral Sphere

Knobby Star Coral Sphere

Solenastrea hyades
Caribbean Sea
14cm - 1.842kg

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A perfectly spherical piece of fossil coral, showing the beautiful and delicate patterns of its corallites.

Megalodon Teeth

Megalodon Teeth

C. megalodon
Oligocene to Pliocene
(33.9–2.6 million years)
North Carolina, USA
14.8cm x 14.9cm x 11cm
14.3cm x 15cm x 11cm

The Megalodon was probably one of the most ferocious and powerful predators that lived in earth's waters, measuring 15 to 20 metres. Megalodon tooth were found in most Cabinets of Curiosities of the 17th and 18th centuries, along with other emblematic objects like elephant bird eggs or red coral branches.

Malachite

Malachite

Democratic Republic of Congo
33cm x 20cm

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Malachite is a secondary copper mineral and was crushed as a green pigment since ancient times. The Greeks and Romans fashioned vases and sculptures from malachite and wore it as amulets to ward off evil spirits and illnesses. Later the Russian Tsars used it as a decorative stone.

Banded Flint Triptych

Banded Flint Triptych

Ilza, Poland
23cm - 19cm - 15.5cm

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During the Neolith Period (5000-3500 years ago) flint was mined for the production of tools. A beautiful set and a perfect example of this mineral's very graphic patterns of beautiful earthy cream and taupe tones.