Australia

FJD Aussie 28. Museum Specimen. Queensland. Jurassic. The araucaria-like wood from this location is some of the most perfect and fracture-free, as solid as the finest in the world. Beautiful all natural board cut [longitudinal] specimen round slice with an unusual and interesting attractive polished face. Complex and unified design. Remarkably perfect without glue or filler. 18 by 12 cm mirror-polished face; 7 mm thick; eleven ounces. $225

FJD Aussie 29. Museum Specimen. Queensland. Jurassic. The araucaria-like wood from this location is some of the most perfect and fracture-free, as solid as the finest in the world. Beautiful all natural full round slice with an elegant polished face. Look closely at the color and design. A miracle of plant life and geology working in concert for our entertainment. It is cut at an angle (45 degrees estimate) to the growth position, resulting in an unusual growth ring pattern. Remarkably perfect with no glue/no filler. 18 by 15 cm mirror-polished face; 7 mm thick; eleven ounces. $250

FJD Aussie 30. Museum Specimen. Donponoxylon bennettii –Jurassic. Extra large full round slice of a rare, extinct gymnosperm from Queensland, Australia. The colors are mostly a range of tan and gray to black with a light tan border and occasional hints of red. It has well preserved cell structures. Glassy and solid.
44 by 25 cm polished face; 16 mm thick; seven pounds and seven ounces.
This was part of a collection I purchased recently from a collector in Asia. The collector acquired this piece from Peter Huber of Vienna about 17 years ago. Mr. Huber described it as “truly world class” and “one of the largest full rounds worldwide I know of!”. $850

FJD Aussie 31. Museum Specimen. Donponoxylon bennettii –Jurassic specimen round hunk of a rare, extinct gymnosperm from Queensland, Australia. The colors on this one are excellent, with red, black, and gold, and it has nice cell structure. Glassy and solid. It is cut on both ends and one is polished. It sits with the polished end slanted back for display. 14 by 15 cm polished face; 4 to 9 cm thick; five pounds and ten ounces. $600

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