Lapidary Works of Art

Box in the shape of mushroom

    Box in the shape of mushroom

    Germany, Idar-Oberstein

    20th century

    Dreher, Paul

    Agate, jasper, dioptase, diamonds, silver; carving, polishing

    12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm


    Composition of two mushrooms is a puzzle box. A large mushroom's cap can be removed, revealing a hollow stripe. The mushroom caps are made from polished brown Brazilian agate, the stripes of ochroid jasper. The mushrooms are fixed on a base of dioptase crystals, resembling moss, and studded with a scattering of rose-cut diamonds.