Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

view of stone 92

Corsi 92, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

side view of stone 92

side view of stone 92, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 92  
Name and quarry location: Cipollino Apuano, from Alta Versilia, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Strongly sheared marble. Banding of cream (iron-stained calcite) and green-grey (granular calcite with patchy chlorite/talc) portions at low angle to shear planes, results in tight folding of bands.  
Comments: This is a cross-cut cipollino Apuano most probably from Alta Versilia in the Apuan Alps, Tuscany, Italy. The direction of cutting is unusual. Cipollino Apuano was quarried in ancient times at Monte Corchia. Modern quarrying began in 1855, and the stone, also known as cipollino Versilia or cremo Tirreno, has also been obtained from the areas of Arni, Isola Santa, and towards Careggine in the Alto Versilia. Mary Porter, in the early 20th century, gave its source as Cardoso, just north of Stazzema. Quarrying has now virtually ceased.  
References: Corsi (1845) 97-99; Mancini (2005); Pellegris (2003); Pieri (1954) 60-62; Pieri (c.1958) tav.XXVII; Price (2007) 176  
Further information:

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 2. Veined marbles; Species 2. Cipollino  
Corsi's text: 46.4 Marmo Cipollino. Marmor Carystium. Nel monte Oco vicino alla città di Caristo v'era la cava d'un marmo chiamato Caristio... marmo Euboico poichè Caristo è nell' isola Eubea oggi Negroponte.  

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