Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 37, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 37  
Name and quarry location: Broccatello di Siena, convent Siena, from Monte Arrenti near Sovicille, Siena, Italy  
Geological description: Sheared limestone breccia with indications of soft sediment deformation fractures and extensive late-stage solution seams and stylolites.  
Comments: Broccatello di Siena or Siena marble from Monte Arrenti near Sovicille, Province of Siena, Italy. The finest yellow Siena marble comes from the quarries at Monte Arrenti, near Sovicille, in Siena, according to Jervis (1889). The broccatello comes from the same locality. A very similar stone to this in the Watson Collection (University of Cambridge is called Montarenti Light Siena. Watson (1916) cites its use in the chancel of Bristol Cathedral, and notes the demand for its use in the USA, where it was used, for example, in the Music Hall of the Carnegie Library, Pittsburg in 1901.  
References: Dubarry de Lassale (2000) 138-139; Jervis (1889) 329-330; Pieri (c.1958) tav.XVIII; Price (2007) 92-93; Watson (1916) 201. Other examples: University of Cambridge Watson Coll.371.Montarenti Light Siena.  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 1. Monochrome marbles; Species 3. Yellow marbles ii. Yellow marbles of Italy  
Corsi's text: 31.3 Broccatello di Siena ... si cava presso Montorrenti  

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