Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 488

Corsi 488, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

bottom view of stone 488

bottom view of stone 488, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 488  
Name and quarry location: Fior di pesco Apuano, from Seravezza, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Sheared marble breccia; perhaps a tectonised burrowed/nodular limestone.  
Comments: This pink/red stone is a typical fior di pesco Apuano. Because Corsi's number is missing from the back of the specimen, Henry Miers has correlated it with the description in the Catalogo Ragionato. The rock is certainly not from the Verona area. Fior di pesco Apuano was first quarried in the 17th century around Stazzema and Seravezza. In the 20th century, quarries were opened in Versilia and Garfagnana, and then at various places in the Massa area. It is rarely quarried today.  
References: Pieri (1954) 56; Price (2007) 132; Watson (1916) 194-195  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 5. Breccias; ii. Italian Breccias  
Corsi's text: 125.67 Breccia di Sentro nel Veronese  

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