Lapidary Works of Art and Ivories

Figurine of Gypsy woman

    Figurine of Gypsy woman

    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    The 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 Gypsy is wearing 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 the speckled jasper "shawl". Her head scarf, carved from red vermillion 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, suspending necklace comprised of miniature coins decorates the her neck.