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« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2017, 03:49:16 pm »

Hi Rube,

I think Luke has it right. I queried it because the surface texture around the neck where there is less carving looked rougher than Malachite which seems to take a good smooth polish.

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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2017, 02:17:41 am »

Adrian and Joey,

I agree with the chloromelanite assessment. This bottle definitely exhibits different levels of luster especially the lighter areas.  Interested to learn that this metamorphic rock wasn't classified until the early 60's. Oh well, guess I need to add malachite to my wish list, too.

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« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2017, 06:31:59 am »

Yeah, Adrian called it when he noticed it wasn't malachite.... Interesting material chloromelanite, which is essentially jadeite? And according to wiki, a dark green jade... I think I much prefer this material to malachite though Rube Smiley

Is the Bonham's auction you refer to in New York in September? I can't seem to see any of the upcoming lots though..

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« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2017, 06:52:02 am »

Dear Rube,

    The bottle really looks beautifully carved to me. If it had not already been in your grandmother's collection in 1952, I would probably have gone along with George's opinion that it was later. In fact, I'd have said 1980s/1990s. But the 1952 purchase date means it is probably closer to 1920-1935, because of the sophisticated design and quality of carving.

    I'm glad it is not Malachite, because the markings would detract from the carving, and the carving would detract from the markings.
I love plain Malachite bottles with good markings.
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« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2017, 11:07:48 am »

Joey,

Thanks for help with the dating of the bottle.  I really like the carving on it, too.  And, I'm going to keep my eye out for a plain malachite bottle with nice markings.

Luke,
It's weird, because, I scrolled thru the auction items on Monday, and yes, they have temporarily disappeared. Not sure why?  The auction is scheduled for Sept. 11, I think.

George,
Per scratch test, it is not easily scratched, yet again confirming it to not be malachite. 

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Rube.
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