fossil wood: Madagascar

museum quality specimens

FJD MAD 16. Museum specimen. Quite a few years ago, about ten or more, I was early to the Denver Show and found a dealer from Madagascar who was just setting up who had numerous flats of small full rounds. I was the first to see them since they’d left Malagasy. Although I hate to see great limbs sliced like this, there was nothing I could do about that, so I spent hours going through all the flats and selecting the very best—all the most perfect and beautiful slices. I probably rejected fifty for every one I took. I think I got about twenty including some that were duplicated from killer limbs. The guy watching the room got in trouble because he was only supposed to sell them by the flat. I sent them to my friend in Oregon to repolish since the polishing they do in Madagascar is subpar. I photographed several of them for my book Ancient Forests. This is some of the most perfect and beautiful fossil wood you will ever see. 79 by 53 mm mirror-polished face; 7 mm thick; two ounces.  $35

FJD MAD 15. Museum specimen. Quite a few years ago, about ten or more, I was early to the Denver Show and found a dealer from Madagascar who was just setting up who had numerous flats of small full rounds. I was the first to see them since they’d left Malagasy. Although I hate to see great limbs sliced like this, there was nothing I could do about that, so I spent hours going through all the flats and selecting the very best—all the most perfect and beautiful slices. I probably rejected fifty for every one I took. I think I got about twenty including some that were duplicated from killer limbs. The guy watching the room got in trouble because he was only supposed to sell them by the flat. I sent them to my friend in Oregon to repolish since the polishing they do in Madagascar is subpar. I photographed several of them for my book Ancient Forests. This is some of the most perfect and beautiful fossil wood you will ever see. 76 by 53 mm mirror-polished face; 9 mm thick; two ounces.  $35

FJD MAD 14. Museum specimen. This is a nice one for sure. Large pith and stunning pastel colors – nice full round limb section, cut on one end with the other end remaining natural but for a spot where it was ground to allow the piece to stand on its own, well-preserved cells, no glue or fillers, condition is amazing, and it’s beautiful – it has it all. It has a lot of eye appeal. 62 by 47 mm mirror-polished face; six cm tall; twelve ounces.  $125

FJD MAD 19. Museum specimen. Quite a few years ago, about ten or more, I was early to the Denver Show and found a dealer from Madagascar who was just setting up who had numerous flats of small full rounds. I was the first to see them since they’d left Malagasy. Although I hate to see great limbs sliced like this, there was nothing I could do about that, so I spent hours going through all the flats and selecting the very best—all the most perfect and beautiful slices. I probably rejected fifty for every one I took. I think I got about twenty including some that were duplicated from killer limbs. The guy watching the room got in trouble because he was only supposed to sell them by the flat. I sent them to my friend in Oregon to repolish since the polishing they do in Madagascar is subpar. I photographed several of them for my book Ancient Forests. This is some of the most perfect and beautiful fossil wood you will ever see. 68 by 87 mm mirror-polished face; 9 mm thick; 3.5 ounces.  $45

FJD MAD 20. Museum specimen. Quite a few years ago, about ten or more, I was early to the Denver Show and found a dealer from Madagascar who was just setting up who had numerous flats of small full rounds. I was the first to see them since they’d left Malagasy. Although I hate to see great limbs sliced like this, there was nothing I could do about that, so I spent hours going through all the flats and selecting the very best—all the most perfect and beautiful slices. I probably rejected fifty for every one I took. I think I got about twenty including some that were duplicated from killer limbs. The guy watching the room got in trouble because he was only supposed to sell them by the flat. I sent them to my friend in Oregon to repolish since the polishing they do in Madagascar is subpar. I photographed several of them for my book Ancient Forests, including this one which appears on page 130. This is some of the most perfect and beautiful fossil wood you will ever see. 73 by 75 mm mirror-polished face; 11 mm thick; 3.5 ounces.  $45

FJD MAD 21. Ikitsy Pink Museum specimen. Full round limb section, cut on both ends and polished on both. What a gem – it’s rare to see a wood specimen that is so perfect on both ends. It has swirls of beautiful Ikitsy pinks and ivory. 52 by 59 mm mirror-polished faces; five cm tall; nine ounces.  $85

 
 

MAD 2. Museum specimen. Ikitsy pink limb section. . Examples appear on pages 126-132 of Ancient Forests with some micro images on page 32. This is an especially nice one with top exterior character – both ends are polished. Faces are 5.5 by 8 and 8.5 by 7 cm; 6 cm tall; one pound and eight ounces.  $70

FJD MAD 23. Ikitsy Pink Museum specimen. Full round limb section, cut on both ends and polished on both. This one has unique colors – far redder than normal Ikitsy – striking colors! Nice and solid. 52 by 36 and 45 by 49 mm mirror-polished faces; eleven centimeters long; twelve ounces.  $85

FJD MAD 24. Museum specimen. Lovely gemmy blue and yellow with red highlights full round limb section, cut and polished on one end with the other end remaining natural, well-preserved cells, abundant agate inclusions, no glue or fillers, condition is amazing, and it’s thought-provoking. 58 by 47 mm mirror-polished face; three centimeters tall; six ounces.  $60

FJD MAD 33. Extra-Large [nineteen pounds] museum piece – Mesozoic Conifer. Full round Malagasy log, cut and polished on both ends. The perfection of this log is absolutely astounding. Colors, patterns, and agate inclusions are Wow factor. Unbelievable under a microscope. Attractive exterior as well - hard yet naturally smooth. The two mirror-polished faces measure 13 by 13 and 10.5 by 10.5 cm; 30 cm long [twelve inches tall and it stands well on its own]; nineteen pounds and six ounces.  SOLD

MAD 3. Ikitsy Pink Arch Museum specimen. Full round limb section, cut on both ends and polished on both. It has in interesting feature – an arch – a natural arch, formed no doubt the same way as those in Arches Natural Park. Super interesting. An attractive specimen all around. 42 by 52 and 50 by 74 mm mirror-polished faces; twelve centimeters tall; one pound and eleven ounces.  $85

MAD 4. Ikitsy Pink Museum specimen. Full round limb section, cut on both ends and polished on both. An attractive gnarly exterior and striking, extra deep colors, more translucent than most Ikitsy. 40 by 48 and 38 by 66 mm mirror-polished faces; 66 mm tall; nine ounces.  $55

FJD MAD 27. Large museum specimen from my collection - Mesozoic. Full round log, cut and polished on one end with one natural end. The polished end is especially solid for a Madagascar piece and has a nice range of colors and textures. 12 by 11 cm mirror-polished face; 18 cm long; eight pounds.  $450

FJD MAD 31. Museum specimen. Full round log, cut and polished on one end, natural on the other – Mesozoic.  It’s all here: Attractive cabinet-size specimen, essentially perfect and with rare and elegant colors – agate inclusions – attractive, knotty exterior. No glue – no fillers.  78 mm long; 57 by 57 mm mirror-polished face; fourteen ounces.  $200

FJD MAD 30. Museum specimen. Full round thick slice – Mesozoic.  It is hard to find a more appealing specimen of petrified wood than this. It’s a thick slice of colorful, flawless, fine-grained silica that takes as fine of a polish as can be had. Stunning balance and variety of patterns and colors, more so the closer you look. Unbelievably perfect after all these years, including cell structures. Art under microscope. It's so thick that it is standing on edge in one of the images above. No glue – no fillers. 17 mm thick; 98 by 76 mm mirror-polished face; eight ounces.  $135