Mouse On Mushroom
Mouse on Fungi, carved out of one-piece bicolor Topaz, 132 mm long, 65 mm wide, 77 mm high, 640g
For five generations the name Dreher has been synonymous with animal carvings of the highest quality, executed in precious gemstones.
These unique works, whose quality was already appreciated in the 19th century by Peter Carl Faberge (amongst others), chosen Goldsmith of the Russian Tsar family, are found in numerous private collections and public museums worldwide.
Patrick Dreher continues these traditions today at the family headquarters in Idar-Oberstein. He interprets the Dreher family tradition in his own way and raises it into the next level.
He learned the secrets of the trade and craft from his father; especially how to select and "read" the precious stones, the structure and colour, correctly to bring out the hidden animal.
Chrysoprase Frog on Golden Reed)
Chrysoprase Frog on Golden Reed
It can take time to find the right gemstone to match a certain idea - and while the quality of the gemstone may be suitable, it may not have the exact measurements or layer pattern to reveal, or exhibit, an intended motif.
Comprehensive studies of the movement and silhouettes of animals are necessary, preferably done by direct observation of the animals in their natural habitat.
What fascinates and simultaneously challenges Patrick Dreher time and time again is the unification of the vivacity of both worlds - the task of finding the right motif from the seemingly infinite animal world as well as its depiction in its own movement, matching the colour scheme of the gemstones, thus making each object a unique piece of art.
Patrick Dreher
Patrick Dreher, carver and owner of Dreher Carvings
Dreher Carvings Gallery
Dreher Carvings Gallery