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Mirabilia Naturalia

tue 22 February 2022
Milan
SINGLE SESSION 22/02/2022 Hours 15:00
A collection of extraordinary natural elements from private collections
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1 - 60  of 211 LOTS
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Memento mori

A white plaster skull within a hanging Neogothic case<br><br>W. 15 - H. 56 Cm
€ 400,00 / 500,00
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Vanitas

A black wax skull on a cement base within a glass case.<br><br>W. 21 - D. 23 - H. 34 Cm
€ 400,00 / 600,00
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Glass-eyed vanitas

A wax skull with glass eyes on a carved and silver-plated wooden column drum base.<br><br>W. 21 - H. 9 Cm
€ 250,00 / 350,00
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Plaster vanitas

An anatomic model of a skull, including the jaw, on a carved, lacquered and gilt base<br><br>H. 27,5 Cm
€ 300,00 / 350,00
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Memento mori

A woven basket with a plaster skull and six bones<br><br>W. 40 - D. 20 - H. 12 Cm
€ 400,00 / 600,00
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Jolly Roger

A depiction of a skull on an ostrich egg. Bronze base<br><br>H. 24,5 Cm
€ 200,00 / 300,00
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Two ostrich eggs

Perforated eggs with turned and ebonised wood cymatiums and bases<br><br>H. 35 Cm
€ 450,00 / 500,00
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Emu eggs

Eggs with turned and lacquered wood bases and tips<br><br>H. 32 Cm
€ 350,00 / 400,00
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Emu eggs

Dromaius Novaehollandiae on turned and silver-plated wooden bases<br><br>H. 19,5 Cm
€ 250,00 / 300,00
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Two ostrich eggs

Eggs with turned bases and small red coral branches<br><br>H. 34 Cm
€ 450,00 / 550,00
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11

A stone Lingam

A Shiva Lingam made from a combination of agate, basalt and quartz jasper on a plastic vase.<br><br>H. 39 cm
€ 200,00 / 250,00
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12

Coco de mer

A natural polished coconut sculpture<br><br>W. 27 - H. 31 cm
€ 300,00 / 350,00
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Coco de mer

A black lacquered coconut sculpture on a plexiglas base<br><br>W. 22 - H. 30 cm
€ 300,00 / 350,00
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14

A coco de mer basket

Coco de mer is a plant of the Arecaceae family and is the only species in the Lodoicea maldivica genus.<br><br>W. 29 - D. 25 - H. 15 Cm
€ 300,00 / 400,00
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Tortoise carapace

Chelonoidis carbonarius cites II/B, died of natural causes in an European wildlife park on a metal base<br><br>H. 30 Cm
€ 900,00 / 1.100,00
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Tortoise carapace

Stigmochelys pardalis cites II/B, died of natural causes in an European wildlife park on a metal base<br><br>H. 11 Cm
€ 400,00 / 500,00
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Tortoise carapace

Kinixys belliana cites II/B, died of natural causes in an European wildlife park on a metal base<br><br>H. 18 Cm
€ 400,00 / 500,00
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18

White coral

Acropora florida A species of coral belonging to the Acroporidae family cites II/B<br><br>W. 48 - D. 41 - H. 40 Cm
€ 400,00 / 450,00
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White coral

Pocillopora meandrina Pocilloporidae are a family of hermatypic colonial corals, extremely polymorphic, differing in growth and form in response to light availability and wave action. cites II/B Solomon Islands<br><br>H. 24 Cm
€ 240,00 / 260,00
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White coral

Stylophora pistillata is a stony polyp coral. Its natural habitat is at a depth beween 1 and 15 mt but it adapts easily to any climate and temperature. cites II/B<br><br>W. 23 - D. 22 - H. 30 Cm
€ 250,00 / 280,00
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Two shell spheres

Tiny shells on turned, carved and gilt wood bases<br><br>H. 20 Cm
€ 400,00 / 450,00
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22

Nautilus

Nautilus pompilius The nautilus has a planispiral shell that is internally divided by septa into several camerae, connected by a siphuncle. cites II/B on a metal base<br><br>W. 16 - D. 13 - H. 21 Cm
€ 250,00 / 280,00
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Shell fans

Pecten Subnodosus on turned and lacquered wood bases<br><br>H. 24 Cm
€ 250,00 / 350,00
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Gorgonia in a black frame

The white Eunicella verrucosa has a densely branching stem and usually grows in a single plane. It belongs to the Gorgoniidae family, Cnidari phylum.<br><br>W. 81 - D. 4 - H. 84 Cm
€ 400,00 / 600,00
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Sea urchins

Two Echinus esculentus on turned, carved and gilt bases<br><br>H. 15 Cm
€ 350,00 / 450,00
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Seashell compositions

Seashells on turned, carved and lacquered bases<br><br>H. 22 Cm
€ 250,00 / 350,00
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Two Turbo Marmoratus

Turbo Marmoratus is a green turban snail. On turned and lacquered wood bases.<br><br>H. 26 Cm
€ 250,00 / 350,00
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Gorgoniae

Two gorgoniae on turned and lacquered wood bases. H. 74 cm the smaller one, 78 cm the larger one<br><br>H. 78 Cm
€ 700,00 / 800,00
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Two shells

Tonna ampullacea, on turned and lacquered bases H 28 cm and 32 cm
€ 350,00 / 400,00
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A marine composition

A Turbo shell and a magnifying glass with a light, on a turned and lacquered wood base. H 6 cm and H 19 cm for the lens
€ 200,00 / 250,00
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Gorgonia seafan

A brick-red gorgonia on a turned and lacquered wood base<br><br>H. 70 Cm
€ 350,00 / 400,00
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Flame-shaped Gorgoniae

Two flame-shaped Gorgoniae on turned, carved and gilt wood bases<br><br>H. 90 Cm
€ 700,00 / 900,00
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A marine collection

Two sea urchins and a melo shell on turned and lacquered wood bases. H 12 cm, 27 cm and 29 cm
€ 350,00 / 400,00
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Marine compositions

Two flat sea urchins and a gorgonia on turned and lacquered wood bases. H 28 cm and 31 cm
€ 400,00 / 500,00
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35

Starfish

Starfish on gilt wood bases. H 30 cm and 15 cm
€ 180,00 / 220,00
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36

Two sea urchin spine spheres

Sea urchins on turned, carved, lacquered and gilt wood bases<br><br>H. 19 Cm
€ 400,00 / 450,00
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Two sea urchins

Two Eschinus esculentus on turned, carved and gilt bases<br><br>W. 21 - H. 23 Cm
€ 350,00 / 400,00
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38

A marine composition

Two spheres covered in fragments of Tubipora Musica on green turned and lacquered bases and a bivalve shell on a turned and lacquered base. H 13 cm and 26 cm
€ 400,00 / 450,00
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Marine compositions

Two spheres covered in sea urchin spines on turned and gilt wood bases. A gorgonia on a turned and lacquered wood base. H 16 cm and H 36 cm
€ 380,00 / 500,00
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Two Tutufa shells and a Neptune's cup sponge

Two shells and a sponge on turned and lacquered wood bases, the shells H 24 cm, the sponge H 38 cm
€ 400,00 / 500,00
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A marine composition

Assorted shells and red coral within a glass case<br><br>W. 20 - D. 13 - H. 23 Cm
€ 400,00 / 500,00
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42

Spotted crab

Carpilius maculatus, spotted reef crab on a light blue lacquered wood base.<br><br>W. 45 - D. 17 - H. 17 Cm
€ 200,00 / 220,00
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Carpilius maculatus

A spotted reef crab on a wooden base.<br><br>W. 32 - D. 18 - H. 9 Cm
€ 150,00 / 200,00
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44

Naturalistic displays

Scarab beetle, slipper lobster, cicadas within glass and wood displays. 15x7x26cm and 28x11x36cm
€ 350,00 / 450,00
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45

Stingray taxidermy

Dasyatis pastinaca is an ovoviviparous species that inhabits light and sandy bottoms. Taxidermy with glass eyes, a turned, carved, and ebonised wood base and an adjustable bronze junction.<br><br>W. 60 - D. 40 - H. 40 Cm
€ 850,00 / 1.000,00
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Marlin jaw

A Marlin fish jaw trophy.<br><br>W. 36 - D. 78 - H. 83 Cm
€ 700,00 / 900,00
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Two marine taxidermies

A porcupinefish and a blowfish with glass eyes on wooden bases. H 20 cm and 30 cm
€ 400,00 / 500,00
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Atlantic pomfret

Marine fish from the Bramidae family. Taxidermy with glass eyes on a turned and ebonised wooden base with an adjustable bronze junction.<br><br>W. 66 - H. 30 Cm
€ 1.000,00 / 1.200,00
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A large blowfish

Afamily of primarily marine and estuarine fish of the order Tetraodontiformes. Taxidermy with glass eyes on a demountable base with and adjustable bronze junction.<br><br>W. 66 - D. 38 - H. 50 Cm
€ 1.000,00 / 1.200,00
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50

Marine curiosity

The jawbone of a Carcharhinus Obscurus shark (dusky shark), on a turned and lacquered wood base<br><br>H. 51 Cm
€ 400,00 / 500,00
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A marine diorama

Scorpionfish, gorgoniae, seashells within a glass case.<br><br>H. 23 Cm
€ 250,00 / 350,00
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Fishing trophies

Rostrums of Xiphias gladius, marine bony fish, only species in the Xiphiidae family, known as swordfish, with bronze parts<br><br>W. 90 Cm
€ 450,00 / 550,00
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53

Italian majolica with three fish

Italian ceramics on a wooden base.<br><br>W. 35 - D. 10 - H. 75 Cm
€ 1.800,00 / 2.000,00
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54

Brill skeleton

Brill or "Scophthalmus Rhombus" is a fish that can be found from Morocco to Iceland. The structure is in solid mango wood with carved beads.<br><br>W. 52,5 - D. 52,5 - H. 9 Cm
€ 1.800,00 / 2.000,00
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A composition with butterflies in a round beaded frame.

Urania Ripheus butterflies and Malaysian beetles in metallic colours. The composition has a domed glass and a mango wood beaded frame.
€ 1.500,00 / 1.700,00
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Two dioramas

Two cased dioramas on turned and lacquered wood bases with flowers and butterflies<br><br>H. 40 Cm
€ 700,00 / 800,00
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Diorama with butterflies within a glass case

H. 23 Cm
€ 250,00 / 300,00
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58

PHYMATEUS SAXOSUS locust in a black reliquary

Known as the Madagascar Rainbow Locust, with its yellow colour with blue stripes and red spines on its thorax, is a poisonous insect.<br><br>W. 24 - D. 10 - H. 40,5 Cm
€ 200,00 / 250,00
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Bottle with elytra

Made from the elytra of iridescent jewel beetles known as Sternocera aequisignata, from the Buprestid family.<br><br>W. 16 - D. 16 - H. 47,3 Cm
€ 600,00 / 800,00
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Two butterfly wing paintings from Tropical Africa

An asymmetrical pair. The structure is in solid mango wood.
€ 600,00 / 800,00
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