Lapidary Works of Art

Figurine of a Gypsy woman

    Figurine of a Gypsy woman

    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    20th century

    Dreher, Paul

    Malachite, serpentine, jasper, onyx, chalcedony, gold; carving, polishing

    Height 19 cm


    Gypsy woman is executed as a follow up of Fabergé figurines. The figurine has a skirt carved from a single rough malachite, the concentric banding suggesting the folds of the draped fabric. The blouse is carved from green serpentine, while the shoulders are draped with a speckled jasper "shawl". Her head scarf, carved from vermillion red South African jasper partially covers her black onyx hair. The face and hands are carved of translucent brown chalcedony. The earrings are performed as gold hoops. A suspending necklace comprised of miniature coins decorates the gypsy woman neck.