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Master-virtuoso Alexander Levental stone cutting art

Master-virtuoso Alexander Levental stone cutting art

Galaxy. Material – rauchtcitrin, rock crystal. Master-virtuoso Alexander Levental stone cutting art

Master-virtuoso Alexander Levental stone cutting art

St. Petersburg based jeweler stone cutter Alexander Solomonovich Levental (1959) is the founder of the Creative Union of Rock-cutters of Russia and Knight of the Order of A.K. Denisov-Uralsky (2010).
Born in Leningrad in 1959 in the family of a geologist engineer, he obviously got a love for a stone from his father and grandfather, a Petrograd jeweler.
Leventhal studied at the Restoration and Construction School, specializing in stone carving. After graduation in 1977, he continued private studies in the workshop of Eduard Versudsky and his wife Alevtina Voronova. Then he worked as a foreman of stone carvers at the Monumental sculpture factory. However, wherever and whatever he would not work (a sailor, a fireman, a polisher, a caretaker, a watchman), he constantly engaged in jewelry and stone carving.

Angel. A. Levental, co-author O. Poptsova (Material - quartz)

Angel. A. Levental, co-author O. Poptsova (Material – quartz)

In 1989, Alexander Leventhal organized the company “Plastic in stone”, which existed until 1992. After 1992, he ran the stone carving workshop “Artes”, and in 2002 founded his own creative workshop. He devoted a lot of attention to creative activity.

Meanwhile, extraordinarily beautiful and talented works of the jeweler attracted the attention of the press. At the 1996 exhibition in the Manege, dedicated to the 150th anniversary of Carl Faberge, his work took 2nd place. At the exhibitions “World of Stone” his works “Bustics of Greek women and Romans” received 2nd prize, “Boxer” 3rd prize, “Mastiff” – Grand Prix (2005, together with O. Poptsova), and “Boxer” second place. Besides, one of the figures of the “dogs” was on Sotheby’s, like the real from Faberge. According to Alexander Levental, the ways of artistic things are inscrutable.

Master-virtuoso Alexander Levental stone cutting art

Angel, made of quartz

Angel, made of quartz

The temple (the work is in the Hermitage). Work by A. Levental and O. Poptsova. Material - rock crystal, obsidian

The temple (the work is in the Hermitage). Work by A. Levental and O. Poptsova. Material – rock crystal, obsidian

Apollo lamp stand (jewelers Leventhal, Poptsova). Material - smoky quartz, rhinestone

Apollo lamp stand (jewelers Leventhal, Poptsova). Material – smoky quartz, rhinestone

Basset Hound. Material - jasper, obsidian, metal

Basset Hound. Material – jasper, obsidian, metal

Boar. Material - citrine

Boar. Material – citrine

Bulldog on the drum (the work is in the State Hermitage). Material - obsidian, jasper, ivory

Bulldog on the drum (the work is in the State Hermitage). Material – obsidian, jasper, ivory

Cameo Scandinavia. Material - smoky quartz

Cameo Scandinavia. Material – smoky quartz

Cat. Obsidian

Cat. Obsidian

Crow in the wind. quartz

Crow in the wind. quartz

Horse box made of amber and metal

Horse box made of amber and metal

Horse box. Amber, metal

Horse box. Amber, metal

Mastiff. Obsidian

Mastiff. Obsidian

Orchid Bouquet brooch. Authors A.S. Levental and ON Poptsova. Material - citrine, amethyst, metal, rhinestone

Orchid Bouquet brooch. Authors A.S. Levental and ON Poptsova. Material – citrine, amethyst, metal, rhinestone

Rabbit. Material - almandine, rubies

Rabbit. Material – almandine, rubies

Roman woman - bust. (Leventhal, Poptsova). Material - smoky quartz, rock crystal, metal

Roman woman – bust. (Leventhal, Poptsova). Material – smoky quartz, rock crystal, metal

Star horse. Material - obsidian, rock crystal, citrine

Star horse. Material – obsidian, rock crystal, citrine

The head of the mastiff. (Leventhal, Poptsova). Material - jasper, sapphires

The head of the mastiff. (Leventhal, Poptsova). Material – jasper, sapphires

Yeshua (work is in the State Hermitage). Material - jasper

Yeshua (work is in the State Hermitage). Material – jasper

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