Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 183, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 183  
Name and quarry location: Marmo rosso di sant'Eligio, from Sant'Eligio, Verona, Veneto, Italy  
Geological description: Nodular Jurassic-Cretaceous pelagic limestone, the colour leached along fractures and stylolites, which are spar-filled in places. Contains ammonites and a few patchy areas rich in other fossil debris.  
Comments: The painted number on the back of the specimen indicates a Verona/Vicenza provenance for this limestone (see Verona.pdf for more information). No town or village called Sant'Eligio has been located in the Verona area. Could this be pertaining to a quarry, church, hospital or street in Verona or surrounding province? Matteo Fabris, author of Le chiese e gli ospedali degli orefici a Verona : notizie storico-artistiche (2014) kindly informs us that this is most likely the case (see pp.82-84). The church of Saint Eligio and its accompanying hospital was located at Tomba in the southern district of Verona. He says it was given to the State in 1806, and was being plundered in the 1820s, the time when Corsi was building his collection. It seems Corsi's agent had acquired some of the plundered stone.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 12. Veined marbles of Italy  
Corsi's text: 69.5 Rosso di S.Eligio ne'colli Euganei  

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