Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 126

Corsi 126, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 126  
Name and quarry location: Petit antique, from area around Hèche and Hèchettes, Hautes-Pyrénées, France  
Geological description: Breccia of black and grey limestone clasts in a compact white granular calcite matrix.  
Comments: Corsi’s criteria for distinguishing Proconnesian and Marmor Celticum is spurious, as both 125 and 126 are from France.The smaller sizes of the clasts, and the presence of grey clasts as well as black, distinguish petit antique from the otherwise similar grand antique (see no.125). Petit antique was probably also quarried in ancient times and has been extracted perhaps over a longer period of time than the grand antique.  
References: Borghini (1997) 154-156; Corsi (1845) 110; Dubarry de Lassale (2000) 256-257; Mielsch (1985) 57, taf.16; Price (2007) 82-83; Watson (1916) 124-125; Zoppas (a) 204  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 6. Black and white marbles  
Corsi's text: 54.2 Bianco e nero di Francia. Marmor Celticum... la cava fosse nelle vicinanze di Lione  

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