Corsi Collection of Decorative Stones

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Corsi 955, approx. 145 x 73 x 40 mm, © Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OUMNH Number: 955  
Name and quarry location: Fior di pesco Apuano, from Stazzema, near Seravezza, Lucca, Tuscany, Italy  
Geological description: Heavily fractured calcite marble breccia; a sheared and tectonised limestone conglomerate.  
Comments: We understand from the owner of the breccia quarry at Stazzema near Serravezza that this specimen almost certainly came from his quarry. It is now closed and for many years the fior di pesco Apuano has instead been taken out of the Grassi quarry in Massa. Material from both quarries is identical in appearance, but the Massa material is slightly softer. This example shows extensive fracturing of the red clasts. Fior di pesco Apuano was first quarried in the 17th century, but is rarely quarried today.  
References: Dubarry de Lassale (2000) 164-165; Pieri (1954) 56; Price (2007) 132; Watson (1916) 194-195  
Further information: FiordiPesco.pdf

Corsi's classification: Class 1. Marbles; Section 5. Breccias; ii. Italian Breccias  
Corsi's text: 126.80/ S20.2 Altro [Breccia di Saravezza]  

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