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The Daunis Collection

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Carles Curto Text: Carles Curto (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

 

The Daunis Collection


Quartz (variety amethyst)
Quartz (variety amethyst). Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst). Side
Side

DX46AG0: Group of transparent and bright crystals, some with a good length. Color zoning is present in some crystals and the color more dense and uniform in others, and with phantom growths. One of those not plentiful non-Spanish samples from the Daunis collection.
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Municipio Tatatila, Veracruz (Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave)  Mexico

Specimen size: 7.3 × 4.9 × 3.5 cm = 2.9” × 1.9” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 1.2 cm = 1.7” × 0.5”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis


Euro:160 / US$189 / Yen:21290 / AUD$242

Reservado
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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Grossular with Vesuvianite
Grossular with Vesuvianite. Grossular with Vesuvianite.

DD66AG0: Druse of dodecahedral Grossular crystals with very well defined faces and edges. They are bright with a clear salmon color and are partially coated by acicular Vesuvianite crystals.
Fermoselle, Comarca Sayago, Zamora, Castile and León  Spain

Specimen size: 7.3 × 5.2 × 4.2 cm = 2.9” × 2.0” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2.5 cm = 1.2” × 1.0”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis


Euro:120 / US$140 / Yen:15880 / AUD$181

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Cobaltoan Calcite with Calcite

DK46AG0: Banded growth of cobaltoan Calcite with a very intense color, between white Calcite bands. The sample, in spite its smooth surfaces, hasn't been acid-etched, as its rough surfaces in most other areas and the existence of easily altered carbonates proves.
Solita Mine, Peramea, Baix Pallars, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida/Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6 × 4.4 × 3.9 cm = 2.4” × 1.7” × 1.5”

Calcite fluorescent short UV


Euro:150 / US$176 / Yen:19850 / AUD$227

Cobaltoan Calcite with Calcite. Front
Front
Cobaltoan Calcite with Calcite. Rear
Rear
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 amethyst) on Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline
Quartz (variety amethyst) on Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline

DF87AF8: Scepter growth of an elongated crystal with polycrystalline surfaces, on smoky Quartz with a Microcline matrix. It is from the historic site at the Montseny massif where the first high quality amethysts were found decades before the most 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: 8.2 × 3.3 × 2.8 cm = 3.2” × 1.3” × 1.1”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection


Euro:290 / US$347 / Yen:37810 / AUD$432

Quartz (variety amethyst) on Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) on Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline. Side
Side
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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 (de 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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Quartz with Chlorite
Quartz with Chlorite. Front
Front
Quartz with Chlorite. Rear
Rear
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




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Quartz
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.
Possibly Gallinero Peak area, Cerler, Benasque, Comarca Ribagorza, 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




Quartz. Front
Front
Quartz. Side
Side
Quartz. Rear
Rear
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Fluorite
Fluorite.

DB16AF9: Druse of cubic fluorite crystals on matrix. They are very transparent and have a neat geometric color zoning, very intense and deep violet on the edges and colorless in the rest of the crystals.
Josefa-Veneros vein, Coroña de Arriba-La Collada, La Collada mining area, Siero, Comarca Oviedo, Asturias  Spain (± 1970)

Specimen size: 4.9 × 2.9 × 2.7 cm = 1.9” × 1.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.9 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis


Euro:120 / US$142 / Yen:15980 / AUD$179

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Tyrolite with Azurite
Tyrolite with Azurite

DX12AF9: Botryoidal Tyrolite on a rocky matrix, that on its external surface has small crystal faces with strongly curved edges. It is coated by micro-crystalline Azurite with a very vivid color. On the label the sample is recorded as a gift from Sr. Joaquin Folch.
Mina Delfina, Hoyos de Alda, Ortiguero, Prado, Cabrales, Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 4 × 2.6 × 2.6 cm = 1.6” × 1.0” × 1.0”

With the original handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Tyrolite with Azurite.
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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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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




Cassiterite with Quartz and Siderite.
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Quartz with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite
Quartz with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite. Quartz with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite.
Quartz with Arsenopyrite and Muscovite

DD36AF8: Two clear and bright Quartz crystals that have some inclusions and are on matrix with small leafy Muscovite crystals and a very aerial group of very sharp and bright Arsenopyrite-Marcasite crystals.
The sample is, 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.
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro  Portugal

Specimen size: 7.2 × 4.9 × 3.5 cm = 2.8” × 1.9” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 6 × 1.6 cm = 2.4” × 0.6”

With the original handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




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Celestine with Sulfur
Celestine with Sulfur

DR87AF9: Druse of translucent and bright crystals with parallel and polycrystalline growths. They are on a matrix of volcanic tuff with native Sulfur crystals. An excellent Italian classic.
Racalmuto Mine, Racalmuto, Agrigento (Girgenti) Province, Sicily  Italy

Specimen size: 6.7 × 6.2 × 5.1 cm = 2.6” × 2.4” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 2.6 × 1.1 cm = 1.0” × 0.4”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV

With the original handwritten note from the Daunis Collection




Celestine with Sulfur. Celestine with Sulfur.
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Celestine with Sulfur
Celestine with Sulfur. 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




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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




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

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




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