Last week we discussed a new book on the topic of bois durci "hardened wood", an unusual material used to make a number of numismatic objects. -EditorJonathan Brecher writes:
On the off chance that any reader feels bad about not knowing what bois durci is, they can at least be reassured that they're in good company.
Jonathan included a link to this entry from a major U.S. auction company's online catalog. Mistakes like these can be easy to make, but are every auctioneer's nightmare.
Large Bronze Plaque of Giuseppe Garibaldi. Dark bronze or copper, 115 mm, 527.0 gm. Bust facing left, around GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI. Garibaldi is considered a hero both in Latin America (especially Brazil) and Italy, where he was a leader in the Risorgimento and the eventual reunification of the country. The surface is somewhat pebbly or porous, as made, with only a touch of cabinet friction visible on the highest points of this high relief plaque. By Bois Durci
Here's a close-up of the pebbly surface, which is hardened wood, not bronze or copper. It's not *by* Bois Durci, it's *made of* bois durci.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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