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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

 

America

Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz.
 

DC27AM2: Spongy growths of leafy Gold crystals, extraordinarily brilliant and on a snow-white Quartz matrix. A fine miniature, from a well-known Canadian mine, but one from which few collections have significant specimens.
This particular specimen comes from the Daunis collection and is accompanied by an old Joan Montal label.
O'Brien Mine, Rouyn-Noranda TE, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Québec  Canada

Specimen size: 1.5 × 1.1 × 0.4 cm = 0.59” × 0.43” × 0.16”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

€220 / US$258 / JPY27290 / AUD$355

Reservado
Copper
 

DF96AM2: Very aerial dendritic growth of Copper, with remnants of Quartz matrix and flat surfaces that correspond to casts of Quartz crystals that have disappeared.
The specimen is from the Lluís Daunis collection.
Caledonia Mine, Mass City, Ontonagon County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 13.2 × 7.4 × 3.5 cm = 5.20” × 2.91” × 1.38”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



Copper. Front
Front
Copper. Rear
Rear
Order
Silver with Copper
Silver with Copper. Front
Front
Silver with Copper. Rear
Rear
 

DM48AI0: Floater and dendritic growth of very well defined and bright Silver crystals partially coated, especially at the tips of each crystal, by native Copper.
White Pine Mine, White Pine, Ontonagon County, Michigan  USA

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2 × 0.2 cm = 1.14” × 0.79” × 0.08”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



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Rhodochrosite
Rhodochrosite  

DF51AI0: Tabular crystal with polycrystalline recrystallized areas. It has a pink color, variable in depth in different crystal areas, lighter on the edges and deeper and more intense at the center. With an unusual quality for this locality.
Butte, Butte District, Silver Bow County, Montana  USA

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.2 × 1.9 cm = 1.38” × 1.26” × 0.75”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection



Rhodochrosite. Front
Front
Rhodochrosite. Rear
Rear
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Hematite
Hematite.
 

DT27AH7: Double rosette growth of laminar Hematite growths with very well defined faces, some partially rough edges and very bright pinacoidal surfaces.
Itamarandiba, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais  Brazil

Specimen size: 6.1 × 4.9 × 1.4 cm = 2.40” × 1.93” × 0.55”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



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Spain

Catalonia

Calcite (variety cobaltoan)
 

DR9AI0: Botryoidal growths on matrix of Calcite (cobaltoan variety) with an intense and deep color with areas that have lighter shades.
Solita Mine, Peramea, Baix Pallars, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida / Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 4.2 × 3.8 × 2.3 cm = 1.65” × 1.50” × 0.91”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



Calcite (variety cobaltoan).
Order
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 = 2.48” × 2.44” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 5 × 1.2 cm = 1.97” × 0.47”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection



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Quartz with Chlorite
 

DZ14AH6: A prominent very clear and bright Quartz crystal that is partially coated by spheroidal Chlorite aggregates.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for the local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Llavorsí, Comarca Pallars Sobirà, Lleida / Lérida, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5.8 × 7.5 cm = 2.83” × 2.28” × 2.95”

Main crystal size: 5 × 2.3 cm = 1.97” × 0.91”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection



Quartz with Chlorite. Quartz with Chlorite.
Order
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline. Front
Front
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline. Rear
Rear
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz (variety smoky) and Microcline  

DR96AI8: Scepter polycrystalline growth with one of the crystals clearly dominant. The crystals are translucent, bright and have a diffuse color distribution, very much more intense in the central areas of the crystal. It is from an historic place where the first good quality amethyst finds were made, before the more recent workings.
Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 7.2 × 5 × 4.8 cm = 2.83” × 1.97” × 1.89”

Main crystal size: 6.6 × 5 cm = 2.60” × 1.97”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection



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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 = 2.68” × 1.73” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 6.8 × 3.9 cm = 2.68” × 1.54”

With copy of the handwritten note from the Daunis Collection



Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline. Quartz (variety smoky) with Microcline.
Order
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky)
Microcline with Quartz (variety smoky).
 

DG11AH7: Very sharp isolated Microcline crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with simple forms that have a particular shape that is well known as “coffin-like.” On matrix with white Albite crystals and smoky Quartz.
The Daunis collection was, in the 70’s and the 80’s, a reference for local prospectors of the Barcelona area.
Les Mallorquines, Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona / Gerona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 6.2 × 3.3 × 3.1 cm = 2.44” × 1.30” × 1.22”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.59” × 0.47”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



Order
Albite & Microcline (perthite)
Albite & Microcline (perthite)  

DR13AI7: Group of Microcline crystals with very well defined Baveno-law twins, with fine parallel growths and a pinkish color and bordered on some edges by white perthitic growths of Albite microcrystals. The sample is from the Daunis collection whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Sant Andreu de Ramió, Montnegre Mountains, Fogars de la Selva, Comarca La Selva, Barcelona, Catalonia  Spain

Specimen size: 5.5 × 5 × 3 cm = 2.17” × 1.97” × 1.18”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 0.59” × 0.55”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection



Albite & Microcline (perthite).
Order
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 = 2.05” × 1.65” × 1.54”

Main crystal size: 1.9 × 1.7 cm = 0.75” × 0.67”

With handwritten note Daunis Collection



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Madrid

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 = 2.48” × 1.89” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 6.3 × 3 cm = 2.48” × 1.18”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



Quartz (variety smoky) with Orthoclase. Front
Front
Quartz (variety smoky) with Orthoclase. Rear
Rear
Order
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 = 3.50” × 3.46” × 2.09”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



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Cantabria

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, Comarca Costa Occidental/Saja-Nansa, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.7 × 4.9 cm = 3.86” × 3.03” × 1.93”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.1 cm = 0.98” × 0.83”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

Minor fluorescence short UV



Calcite with Dolomite. Calcite with Dolomite.
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Castilla-La Mancha

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 = 1.77” × 1.38” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 1 cm = 0.43” × 0.39”

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 = 1.73” × 1.54” × 1.06”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”

Minor fluorescence short UV

With handwritten note Daunis Collection




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Order

Europe

Sulphur with Calcite
Sulphur with Calcite. Sulphur with Calcite.
 

DT66AM2: Very aerial group of Sulphur crystals with well defined faces and edges, translucent, and with a small matrix of white scalenohedral Calcite microcrystals.
The specimen is from the Lluís Daunis collection.
Caltanissetta Province, Sicily  Italy

Specimen size: 6.1 × 3.9 × 2.5 cm = 2.40” × 1.54” × 0.98”

Main crystal size: 3 × 2 cm = 1.18” × 0.79”

Calcite extremely fluorescent long & short UV

Former collection of Lluís Daunis

€220 / US$258 / JPY27290 / AUD$355

Reservado
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 = 1.26” × 1.10” × 0.94”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.2 cm = 0.59” × 0.47”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



Cassiterite with Quartz and Siderite.
Order
Hematite
Hematite. 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 = 2.17” × 1.81” × 0.63”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.12” × 0.08”

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection



Order

Africa

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 = 2.76” × 1.54” × 1.50”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 0.6 cm = 0.47” × 0.24”

With label from the Lluís Daunis Collection



Azurite with Dolomite. Azurite with Dolomite.
Order
Cobaltoan Calcite
Cobaltoan Calcite. Cobaltoan Calcite.
 

DD47AH7: Druse, on matrix, of lenticular crystals with predominant flattened rhombohedra. They are translucent, very bright and with an extraordinary color due to its liveliness and depth.
Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba)  Congo DR (Zaire)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 4.2 × 4.4 cm = 2.24” × 1.65” × 1.73”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.20” × 0.16”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



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Dioptase with Quartz and Calcite
 

DB86AI0: Very aerial and esthetic growth of Dioptase crystals with very well defined faces and edges, very bright and on a Calcite and Quartz matrix.
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region  Namibia

Specimen size: 2.2 × 1.7 × 0.9 cm = 0.87” × 0.67” × 0.35”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.28” × 0.24”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



Dioptase with Quartz and Calcite. Front
Front
Dioptase with Quartz and Calcite. Rear
Rear
Order
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 = 1.77” × 1.73” × 1.42”

Main crystal size: 2.5 × 2.2 cm = 0.98” × 0.87”

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 = 2.09” × 1.85” × 1.85”

Main crystal size: 4.2 × 4 cm = 1.65” × 1.57”

Former collection of Lluís Daunis



Dravite. Front
Front
Dravite. Side
Side
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