National Geographic : 1981 Jul
No substance on earth can rival the beauty and elegance of sculptured,faceted crystal. This exquisite artistic medium combines the brilliance and flawless clarity of crystal... the delicate faceting of priceless jewelry... and the three-dimensional artistry of sculpture. It is rare to find handcrafted crystal sculptures of genuine museum quality. Rarer still is a privately commissioned collection of such sculptures, each sharing a unified theme and designed by the same master sculptor. You can now obtain such a collection, but only briefly. The Danbury Mint is proud to announce Wildlife Sculptures in Crystal. Twelve Museum Quality Reproductions Depicting Wildlife from Around the World The collection will consist of twelve crystal sculp tures, comprising a magnificent "glass menagerie" of wildlife from around the world -- each depicted in a vivid, dramatic scene in its native habitat. Because this is the first such collection ever offered by the Danbury Mint, it will forever enjoy a special status. No effort or expense has been spared to make each crystal work of art part of one of the most memorable crystal collections ever created. Finest Imported Pure Lead Crystal Each crystal will be individually handcrafted and shaped by the master crystal makers of West Germany. The outer rim will be gracefully faceted, much in the manner of a precious jewel. This faceting adds significantly to the crystal's elegance, beauty and value. The intricate design of each creature will be painstakingly formed in three-dimensional relief into the center of the crystal. The crystals will also feature fine details on both the front and back surfaces to portray the animal as it lives in the wild. These details will enhance the three-dimensional effect and create a veritable "light show" of shimmering reflections when the crystal is held to the light. Original Works of Art These twelve wildlife sculptures are exclusively commissioned works of art by the noted sculptor, Alfredo Marino. Marino enjoys a worldwide reputa tion as one of America's foremost contemporary sculptors. He took his formal training at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy, a center of Renaissance sculpture. Strictly Limited Edition The Wildlife Sculptures in Crystal will be available only from the Danbury Mint and only by advance reservation. The size of the U.S. edition will be forever limited to the exact number of collections reserved by the final deadline, September 30, 1981. Shown are four of the crystals as you might display them in your home. Convenient Acquisition-Satisfaction Guaranteed To reserve your Wildlife Sculptures in Crystal, simply complete the attached reservation application. There is no need to send payment now. Your twelve crystals will be issued to you at the rate of one every two months. You will thus be billed for each of your crystals at convenient two-month intervals. If you receive any crystal you are not completely delighted with for any reason, you may return it upon receipt for replacement or refund. And, of course, you may cancel your subscription at any time. You Must Act Promptly Considering that this is the first collection of its kind ever offered by the Danbury Mint, this is truly an exceptional collecting opportunity if ever there was one. Don't let it pass you by. Mail your reservation application today. ----------------------------- Wildlife Sculptures in Crystal G46 The Danbury Mint Must be 47 Richards Avenue postmarked by Norwalk, Conn. 06856 September 30, 1981. Please accept my reservation to the Wildlife Sculptures in Crystal. I understand this is a collection of 12 museum quality crystal works of art portraying wildlife from around the world. The collection will be issued at the rate of one crystal every two I months at a cost of $27.50 per crystal (plus $1.50 postage and handling). I understand I need send no money now. I will pay for each crystal as billed at two-month intervals. Any crystal I am not completely satisfied with m ay be returned upon receipt for replacement or refund, and this subscription agreement may be cancelled by either party at any time. Name Address City State, Zip OCheck here if you want each crystal charged, as it is shipped to your: OMaster Charge IVISA Credit Card No. Expiration Date Signature Allow 8 to 12 weeks after payment for initial shipment.