Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 11, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 11  
Name and quarry location: Statuary marble, marmo statuario, almost certainly statuario di Monte Altissimo, from Monte Altissimo, north of Seravezza, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Fine-grained calcite marble  
Comments: Corsi's locality is incorrect. The 'Mazzurega' to which he refers is almost certainly that near Fumane, Prov. of Verona, a source of limestones but not true marbles (he frequently mis-assigns Veronese localities to the Euganean Hills). This sample is unlike any of the other white marbles in the collection, being very fine-grained, almost waxy. It is almost certainly statuary marble from Monte Altissimo according to Ian MacDonald (McMarmilloyd). According to Renwick (1909), this variety from Seravezza was the most highly esteemed of all the statuary marbles.  
References: Jervis (1862) 1-24; Pensabene (2002) 212-214; Pieri (1954) 17-24; Price (2007) 64-65; Renwick (1909); Rogers (2008) 48-50; Watson (1916) 175-192  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 1. Statuary marbles  
Corsi's text: 23.11 Biancon di Mozurega...cava ne'Colli Euganei presso Verona  

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