Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 154

Corsi 154, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 154  
Name and quarry location: Bardiglio, from the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy; very likely from Carrara, Massa e Carrara.  
Geological description: Fine-grained calcite marble with stylolites still clearly evident. The white areas are coarser-grained calcite.  
Comments: This is a true marble rather than a limestone, and would have come from the Apuan Alps, very likely Carrara; not from Lake Como.  
References: Borghini (1997) 153; Corsi (1845) 153; Jervis (1862); Jervis (1889) 260-300; Price (2007) 72; Watson (1916) 192-194  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 10. Grey marbles; ii. Grey Italian marbles  
Corsi's text: 64.5 Bardiglio fiorito del lago di Como  

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