Teal Blue Chinese Dragon
Dragon with a fierce face wrapped around a disc watching his sphere
An exceptional specimen of clear teal blue amber inspired our master artist to produce this Chinese dragon with a fierce face and a stern expression. The fine detailing on each scale and the delicate whiskers don't only proof the perfect skill of the carver but also the strength of the prehistoric material. Chinese in every finely-defned detail, it was produced in the Dominican Republic from the best and oldest amber available. The large sculpture has a diameter of 120 mm and a width of 35 mm. The weight is 229 gram.
King Toad ---- Blue and Red Dominican amber
This King Toad seems to come alive as you look at it - don't poke it!
This fetching sculpture has been artfully carved from a multi colored piece of Dominican amber, selected for its stunning variation of natural colors. A highly skilled lapidarist has fashioned this piece of natural amber and was able to show every detail of the skin and posture of this King Toad making it come alive as you look at it. The croaking toad is depicted sitting on a rock, ready to jump. The size is 63 x 63 x 33 mm and the weight 56,7 gram.
Three happy Chinese carps
Light green honey Dominican amber
Although Chinese in origin, the carp is now widely celebrated in Japan, particularly for its manly qualities. It is said to climb waterfalls bravely, and, if caught, it lies upon the cutting board awaiting the knife without a quiver, not unlike a samurai (warrior) facing a sword. This theme dates back to ancient China, where a legend tells of how any koi that succeeded in climbing the falls at a point called Dragon Gate (on the Yellow River) would be transformed into a dragon. Based on that legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. Therefore, you will find sculptures of carps in many Asian homes.
This family of 3 carps has been magnificently carved climbing up a waterfall. The detail of the scales, the water below their fins and the graceful movements captured in light green honey colored mostly transparent amber, gives this sculpture a wonderful texture. 100 x 75 x 20 mm. 94.3 gram. Sold without platform.
Hermit Crab --- Green Dominican Amber
One of the most curious crustaceans, artfully sculptured
Hermit crabs are decapod crustaceans of the superfamily Paguroidea. Most of the 1100 species possess an asymmetrical abdomen which is concealed in an empty gastropod shell that is carried around by the hermit crab. This habit of living in a second hand shell gives rise to the popular name "hermit crab", by analogy to a hermit who lives alone.
This sculpture is made with wonderfully transparent greenish amber by the most gifted carver of the Dominican Republic, called "El Chino". The size is 50 x 78 mm. Weight 91.7 gram
Large Duck ---- Green, blue and honey colored Dominican amber
Natural multicolored amber specimen
This extraordinary piece is a combination of very rare natural material and great artistry. It is a large conversation piece and a main attraction in any collection. The considerable size, 145 x 90 x 60 mm shows that the rough piece was large and rare. The sculpture is very detailed, every feather can clearly be seen. The head is transparent greenish amber.
Watership Down - Hares in green amber
Mother and baby hare, playful and exquisite.
The skilled lapidarist has fashioned this piece of natural green amber into a playful pair of hares in a very touching scene of motherly love. The deep green material glows with a touch of wonderful golden-brown high lights. The very detailed sculpture is not static but shows the natural movements of the rabbits from whatever side you behold it. The size is 80 x 50 x 45 mm and it weighs 62.1 gram.
US$ 1980 - SOLD
Pair of Lucky Carps
Two lovely transparent carps, wrapped around each other playfully
There is a long tradition of carp in Chinese culture and literature. A popular lyric circulating as early as two thousand years ago in the late Han period includes an anecdote which relates how a man far away from home sent back to his wife a pair of carp, in which, when the wife opened the fish to cook, she found a silk strip that carried a love note of just two lines: “Eat well to keep fit” and “Missing you and forget me not”.
It is in these two wonderfully carved carps that this true love is symbolized. The two carps are gracefully lifting out of the water, their clear honey-colored bodies intertwined, glowing with a natural green hue found only in Dominican Amber.
57 x 53 x 25 mm. 31 gram. Sold without platform.
A transparent, greenish specimen, delicately carved into life-like perfection
Frogs and toads are significant in Chinese culture as symbols of immortality, healing, money, the moon and frivolity. Legends has it that those frogs or toads that know the secret of immortality and may shares it with man out of gratitude for his friendship.
This frog carved delicately out of Dominican Amber may not give you immortality, but at a material age of over 30 million years he is very close to being immortal himself. It is made of a transparent amber specimen with inset eyes formed of dark amber and every wart and muscle was carefully handcrafted to make this a truly realistic work of art.
54 x 36 x 18 mm. 17.2 gram.
Happy Toad -- Multicolored Dominican Amber
A colorful and translucent toad, resting on a leaf
The toad is an auspicious animal in East Asia. Although associated specifically with China's Daoist traditions, toads have long been a well-known symbol in Chinese culture generally, and throughout East Asia as well.
This lovely and very colorful bluish toad is resting peacefully on a leaf. The highly gifted carver knew how to take advantage of the various shades of colors of this single natural amber piece from which it was carved to give this specimen a very unique look and feel.
74 x 43 x 27 mm. 34.8 gram.
Blue Duck -- Dominican Blue Amber
A fantastic Blue Amber duck with a strong color, cleaning its feather
In traditional Chinese culture, Mandarin Ducks represent a life-time couple, unlike many other species of ducks. Hence they are frequently featured in Chinese art and are regarded as a symbol of conjugal affection and fidelity.
This female Mandarin Duck was delicately carved from a translucent Blue Amber specimen, midway cleaning its feathers. It is still on its own, looking for love, but it could be the start of a lasting relationship...
An interesting Multicolor Amber frog resting on rose leafs next to a rose pedal
In Chinese tradition, frogs and toads not only were symbols of immortality, but also of carefree enjoyment and spontaneity.
This frog seems to enjoy himself immensely sitting on a rose bush. Next him is an unopened blue rose pedal and the entire work of art is sheening in various colors. Lifted out of a strong piece of natural multi-color Dominican amber, this specimen shows its various colors yellow, red, green and quite some blue in glorious detail.
A transparent happy toad, life-sized and poised to leap
Toads and frogs also are thought by the Chinese to have medicinal properties. The book "Chinese Magical Medicine" tells of madness being cured by "having the patient drink, thrice daily, a spoonful of calcined toad steeped in wine." It also tells of toad skin being used to cure skin rashes and wounds.
Indeed, although this fat and happy toad carved of delicate transparent Dominican pink amber may not heal any wounds, it will delight any collector's heart.
A content and happy female Mandarin Duck, nuzzling into its feather
Ducks have always represented happiness and bliss. A Chinese proverb for loving couples uses the Mandarin Duck as a metaphor: "Two mandarin ducks playing in water". The Mandarin Duck symbol is also used in Chinese weddings, because in traditional Chinese lore they symbolize wedded bliss and fidelity.
This transparent female is nuzzling contently into her plumage. She was carved of a single piece of Dominican amber in intrinsic detail and is a blessing to any collection.
A lovely transparent frog resting on a leaf floating in a pond
This lovely sitting frog is resting on a leaf that could be quite possibly be floating on a surface. The sitting frog first appears in ancient Chinese folk tales. Folklore sources say the magical frog or toad prefers to hide away at the bottom of wells.
Looking closer, you will notice that this frog carries itself with a certain dignity. In classic European fairy tales, a frog might be an enchanted prince. Could it be...? You may kiss it.
This one, carefully carved from a transparent specimen of Dominican Amber, has come to the surface, and is a precious addition to any collection. The bottom of the leaf has been left untouched as a proof that it has been carved from a natural piece.
A transparent from sitting next to a translucent flower, carved of a single piece
This great frog has been carved of a single piece of Dominican Amber and is entirely transparent, yet the flower next to it is translucent, giving the carving a two-fold coloration. A very interesting specimen, sure to please.
A transparent female Mandarin Duck
A nicely transparent Dominican Amber female Mandarin Duck, bashfully nuzzling into its down feathers. The features have been carefully crafted into the gem to evoke as much realism as possible. The coloration of the natural piece of amber is pink with bluish highlights and visually very compelling.
Small, very lovely and delicate translucent female Mandarin Duck
Size doesn't matter. This tiny and very delicate female Mandarin Duck is carved of a great translucent specimen of Dominican Amber. A great piece for any collection!
A smaller mostly transparent female Mandarin Duck
On this Dominican Amber specimen the artist decided to place most of the transparency in the head and neck area, leaving the deeper colors for the body. The result is a succinct yet clearly defined female Mandarin Duck that has a golden/glassy quality to its look.
What you should know about Dominican natural amber.
The beauty of natural amber is not only skin deep. It is not only the looks, but it is the preciousness and the knowledge that it was not human hand and industriousness that created the unique colors of natural amber. It was nature itself, it was storms, earthquakes, shifting continents, rising sea levels, pressure, heat and up to 40 million years.
This is what happened to natural Dominican amber and accounts for the blue, the green the purple and other shades, besides the yellow and brown. Dominican amber is not heat treated to reproduce the colors. It is not clarified and all inclusions are natural. Mother Nature took care of it.
Respecting this fact, we only carve our sculptures from the rough amber. We don't use modified, enhanced material. In contrast to so many pressed amber "carvings" on the market, we guarantee that our amber sculptures have only undergone mechanical treatment without changing its beautiful natural properties.
The pictures in this catalog have been taken in natural daylight, sometimes in the sun, sometimes in the shade, but always without any additional light source and have not been manipulated or changed in any way.