Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 159

Corsi 159, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 159  
Name and quarry location: Carrara ordinario, from the Apuan Alps, and probably Carrara, Massa e Carrara, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Fine to medium-grained calcite marble speckled with crystals and grains of other minerals including the iron sulphide, pyrite.  
Comments: This is the plain, non-statuary marble from Carrara and other places in the Apuan Alps, traditionally known in England as 'Sicilian'. The reasons are not certain, it was either shipped in the past via Sicily or perhaps brought on a ship so-named. More generally it is known as 'ordinario'. It was very popular used in a chequerboard effect with Belgian black marble in the flooring of public buildings and country houses, especially in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  
References: Jervis (1862) 1-24; Pensabene (2002) 212-214; Pieri (1954) 17-24; Price (2007) 64-65; Rogers (2008) 48-50; Watson (1916) 175-192  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 10. Grey marbles; ii. Grey Italian marbles  
Corsi's text: 65.10 Bardiglio di Padova  

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