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The Daunis Collection

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Carles Curto Text: Carles Curto (formerly curator of the Geology Museum, Barcelona) & Jordi Fabre
Assistance from John S. White (former Smithsonian curator) John S. White

 


      Lluís Daunis Montada (1916-1979) began his passion for mineralogy when elderly, as a family father, and his love was due in large part to the love he always had for the mountains, wanting to spend as much time as possible in contact with Nature.
      Self taught, he learned by buying books and meeting in his spare time with the collectors and merchants of the time: Joaquín Folch, Josep Cervelló, Enric Kucera, Soler i Pujol (Josep Palaus), S.E.C. (Suministros Escolares y Científicos), Figueras...
      He began to gather his first minerals on weekends in outings to localities near Barcelona, and gradually expanded his range of action in Catalonia and then also throughout Spain, taking advantage of summer and Easter vacations. He was fortunate to live the golden age of searching for minerals (Montseny, Sierra de Madrid, Sallent de Gállego, Eugui...) and also had the success of being a great searcher. He was always accompanied by his wife Maria Ruscalleda and during many years also by his daughter Núria, to whom he passed his hobby, so that the two became his best and most faithful collaborators.
      He was well known to have obtained very good Catalan specimens, being one of the pioneers in locating and finding good pieces of amethyst in Montseny, in the Les Mallorquines area, long before the modern discoveries, as well as very good examples of Quartz and Feldspars from both Catalonia and the Sierra de Madrid as well as Huesca.
      Unfortunately he could never realize his dream: to retire and to devote all his time to minerals. He wanted to get started in microscope photography and also wanted to better document and organize the collection, but a disease took him at 63 years of age.
      His wife Maria Ruscalleda maintained and expanded the collection until the last years of her life and passed it on to her daughter
Núria, who has kept it until the end of 2017.

Núria Daunis

 

Lluís Daunis and his wife Maria Ruscalleda

Lluís Daunis with his wife Maria Ruscalleda in 1972 in an exceptional geode in the Madrid mountain range that produced more than 25 boxes of specimens of Quartz and Orthoclase and in which they were finding more samples throughout several years.
Photo: Núria Daunis

 

Quartz amethyst
Beryl aquamarine
Quartz

 

Spain


Goethite
Goethite. Goethite.

DD62AH2: Extraordinarily bright botryoidal aggregate with some iridescent areas with predominant yellow and blue shades. The sample is from a locality considered a Spanish classic for Goethite, but where such bright samples with iridescent surfaces were quite rare.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
La Arboleda Mines, La Arboleda (Zugaztieta), Valle de Trápaga/Trapagaran, Comarca Gran Bilbao, Bizkaia/Vizcaya, Euskadi  Spain

Specimen size: 8.7 × 5 × 4.8 cm = 3.4” × 2.0” × 1.9”

With the original handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




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Quartz (variety smoky) with Orthoclase

DL13AH2: Two partially doubly terminated Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant, very flattened, with fine superficial recrystallization of the same Quartz, and with parallel growths of Orthoclase crystals.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
(La Cabrera pluton), La Cabrera, Comarca Sierra Norte de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (±1970)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.8 × 2.7 cm = 2.5” × 1.9” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 6.3 × 3 cm = 2.5” × 1.2”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Quartz (variety smoky) with Orthoclase. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky) with Orthoclase. Rear
Rear
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Orthoclase with Quartz (variety smoky)
Orthoclase with Quartz (variety smoky). Orthoclase with Quartz (variety smoky).

DV96AH2: Polycrystalline growths of Orthoclase crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are very bright and are partially coating a Quartz crystal.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
(La Cabrera pluton), La Cabrera, Comarca Sierra Norte de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (±1970)

Specimen size: 8.9 × 8.8 × 5.3 cm = 3.5” × 3.5” × 2.1”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Calcite

DF16AH2: Group of white scalenohedral Calcite crystals with curved faces and edges coating a rocky matrix. The locality, well known half a year ago mainly for its coralloid Aragonite, is currently inaccessible.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Font de l'Home Mort, Les Encantades, Queralbs, Comarca Ripollès, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 10.7 × 8.2 × 6.2 cm = 4.2” × 3.2” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.1 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

Fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Lluís Daunis


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Calcite. Calcite.
Reservado
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky)
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky). Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky). Light behind
Light behind
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky)

DA87AG0: Subparallel aggregates of flattened crystals on a surface of milky Quartz. The crystals which are bright and with very well defined faces and edges have a very dense and deep color with smoky tinges, especially on the terminations. It is from the historic site at the Montseny Massif where the first high quality amethysts were found decades before more recent finds.
We’ll send to the buyer a digitalized copy of a single label, commonly covering a group of similar samples from the same locality.

Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 8.9 × 4.3 × 3 cm = 3.5” × 1.7” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 4.6 × 2.7 cm = 1.8” × 1.1”




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Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline

DD16AH2: Quartz crystal with very well defined parallel growths, with a very deep smoky color, very bright and with Microcline on the matrix.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.8 × 4.4 × 3.6 cm = 2.7” × 1.7” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 6.8 × 3.9 cm = 2.7” × 1.5”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline. Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline.
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Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky) and Epidote-Clinozoisite
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky) and Epidote-Clinozoisite. Front
Front
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky) and Epidote-Clinozoisite. Side
Side
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky) and Epidote-Clinozoisite

DL14AF8: Two elongated Microcline crystals, one of them with the Baveno twin law and the other with double twinning by the Baveno and Manebach laws. They are on matrix with Quartz crystals and Epidote-Clinozoisite coatings.
The sample is from the Daunis collection (a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area during the period 1970-1980), and it is with a handwritten original label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Arbúcies, Comarca La Selva, Montseny Massif, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.7 cm = 0.7” × 0.7”

With the original handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




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Baryte with Quartz
Baryte with Quartz

DJ13AF8: “Book-like” aggregate of laminar Barite crystals with a pale pink color and with the edges coated by small very transparent and bright Quartz crystals.
The sample is from the Daunis collection (a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area during the period 1970-1980), and it is with an original handwritten label that we’ll send to the buyer.
Matagalls Mine (Sant Marçal Mines), Sant Marçal, Viladrau, Comarca Osona, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 7.3 × 3.6 × 4.8 cm = 2.9” × 1.4” × 1.9”

With the original handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Baryte with Quartz.
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Doubly terminated Quartz
Doubly terminated Quartz. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz. Rear
Rear

DF6AG5: Complete floater crystal, flattened, transparent, very bright and with very visible inclusions. It has a thicker shape than usual for the floater Quartz crystals from the locality.
Llavorsí, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 5.1 × 4.3 × 2.1 cm = 2.0” × 1.7” × 0.8”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




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Quartz with Chlorite
Quartz with Chlorite

DB96AF9: Parallel growth of doubly terminated, colorless and very clear crystals with a very visible faden nucleus and small Chlorite coatings. The area where these quartzes were found is currently buried by roadwork.
Llavorsí, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.3 × 6.2 × 3.9 cm = 2.5” × 2.4” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 5 × 1.2 cm = 2.0” × 0.5”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Quartz with Chlorite. Front
Front
Quartz with Chlorite. Rear
Rear
Order
Quartz
Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Side
Side
Quartz. Rear
Rear
Quartz

DE48AF8: Aggregate of transparent and bright crystals, with a kind of faden inclusions and a very well defined Dauphiné twinning. The sample is of the highest quality from this area. These Quartz samples are one of the more notable surprises in the Daunis collection.
We’ll send to the buyer a digitalized copy of a single label, commonly covering a group of similar samples from the same area.
Sallent de Gállego area, Comarca Alto Gállego, Huesca, Aragon  Spain (± 1970)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 5.4 × 2.8 cm = 3.7” × 2.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 8.4 × 2.7 cm = 3.3” × 1.1”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




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Calcite with Dolomite

DX27AG7: Complex Calcite crystals, very rich in faces. They are transparent and bright, have a very intense honey yellow color and are on a rocky matrix coated by small Dolomite crystals. Different from recent pieces, this one has a more complex crystallography and a more intense color.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.7 × 4.9 cm = 3.9” × 3.0” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.8”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

Minor fluorescence short UV




Calcite with Dolomite. Calcite with Dolomite.
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Cinnabar with Quartz
Cinnabar with Quartz. Cinnabar with Quartz.

DH66AF9: Cinnabar crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with very well defined faces and edges, on quartzite with small Quartz crystals, some of them with parallel growths and strongly curved.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.5 × 3.8 cm = 1.8” × 1.4” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.4” × 0.4”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite

DQ68AG0: Very well defined crystals with a simple hexagonal shape, on matrix, with a bright yellow color. Although in some aspect they resemble samples from the San Andrés mine, their matrix corresponds to El Horcajo and, furthermore, the sample was collected prior to the productive period at San Andrés.
The sample is with a handwritten original label that we’ll send to the buyer.
El Horcajo Mines, El Horcajo, Almodóvar del Campo, Comarca Campo de Calatrava, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (± 1910)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.9 × 2.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence short UV

With the original handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
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Europe


Cassiterite with Quartz and Siderite
Cassiterite with Quartz and Siderite.

DJ27AF9: Group of very bright Cassiterite crystals with very visible multiple twinning, on matrix with clear Quartz crystals and partially coated by Siderite.
It was previously in the Folch collection and it probably was an exchange.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Celestine with Sulfur

DA56AF5: Druse of prismatic crystals with very well defined terminal faces. They are white, very bright and partially coated by skeletal native Sulfur crystals.
The sample, a great Italian classic, is from the Daunis collection, (a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area among 1970-1980)
Racalmuto Mine, Racalmuto, Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily  Italy

Specimen size: 13.5 × 12 × 9.3 cm = 5.3” × 4.7” × 3.7”

Main crystal size: 2.1 × 1.1 cm = 0.8” × 0.4”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

Fluorescent long & short UV




Celestine with Sulfur. Celestine with Sulfur.
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Manganite
Manganite. Front
Front
Manganite. Rear
Rear
Manganite

DT68AG4: Very aerial growth of divergent Manganite crystals that are very bright and have very well defined faces and edges with perfect terminations. The sample is with a label of the Mineralogisches Institut at Bonn that we’ll send to the buyer.
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Harz, Thuringia/Thüringen  Germany

Specimen size: 4.8 × 3.4 × 1.9 cm = 1.9” × 1.3” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 3 × 1.2 cm = 1.2” × 0.5”

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection




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Hematite
Hematite

DP66AG7: Druse of very sharp lenticular Hematite crystals that are extraordinarily bright and are coating a botryoidal growth of primary Hematite. An English classic, very typical for the locality.
Beckermet Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria  England, United Kingdom

Specimen size: 5.5 × 4.6 × 1.6 cm = 2.2” × 1.8” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection




Hematite. Hematite.
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Africa


Azurite with Dolomite
Azurite with Dolomite. Azurite with Dolomite.
Azurite with Dolomite

DR37AG3: Parallel growth of two very sharp Azurite crystals that are translucent, on matrix, with a very deep color with vivid transparencies and reflections and on rhombohedral Dolomite crystals with limonite coatings. A classic from Touissit, very probably, one of the latest to be incorporated in the Daunis collection by Daunis’ wife Maria. We’ll send to the buyer an old commercial label that is with the sample.
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region  Morocco

Specimen size: 7 × 3.9 × 3.8 cm = 2.8” × 1.5” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.5” × 0.2”

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection




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Twinned Cerussite

DC90AF6: Very aerial, complete Cerussite cyclic twin with transparent, very bright and slightly smoky crystals, with small coatings of massive Galena.
The sample, a classic from Tsumeb, is from the Daunis collection (a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area during the period 1970-1980).
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 4.5 × 4.4 × 3.6 cm = 1.8” × 1.7” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 1.0” × 0.9”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Twinned Cerussite. Front
Front
Twinned Cerussite. Rear
Rear
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Dioptase with Dolomite
Dioptase with Dolomite. Dioptase with Dolomite.

DY27AF9: Doubly terminated transparent Dioptase crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and scattered over a matrix of white rhombohedral Calcite crystals.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.5 × 3.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.8” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Calcite fluorescent short UV

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




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Asia-Australia


Dravite

DA86AG5: Floater pair of equant crystals that are formed by two prisms and rhombohedral terminations. They are translucent, bright, with a dark brown color and have small residual Muscovite.
Yinnietharra Station, Upper Gascoyne Shire, Western Australia  Australia

Specimen size: 5.3 × 4.7 × 4.7 cm = 2.1” × 1.9” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 4 cm = 1.7” × 1.6”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis




Dravite. Front
Front
Dravite. Side
Side
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