Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 208, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 208  
Name and quarry location: Languedoc marble, from Caunes-Minervois, Carcassonne, Aude, France  
Geological description: Devonian red limestone rich in crinoid debris, with prominent grey-white stromatactis and abundant stylolites.  
Comments: The vibrant scarlet-red colouring, and the meandering areas of grey-white calcite known as stromatactis make Languedoc marble a very distinctive stone. It was first quarried in Roman times, and is still being extracted today in the area of St Nazaire-de-Ladareze. The quarries that supplied much of the stone used in the palaces of Versailles and St Cloud were near Caunes-Minervois on the southern flank of the Montagne Noir; most probably the source of Corsi's specimen. Others quarries now closed were around Villefranche-de-Conflent.  
References: Blagrove (1888) 88; Bourrouilh (1999); De Thury (1823); Dubarry de Lassale (2000) 106-107; Dubarry de Lassale (2005); Flajs (1993); Hladil (2005); Perrier (1996); Peybernes (2004); Price (2007) 125; Watson (1916) 97, 101; Zoppas (a) 180, 215-216  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 12. Veined marbles of Italy  
Corsi's text: 72.30 Breccia di Francia... di Linguadoca  

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