Italian Specimen Hardstone Marble Mosaic Paperweight
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Italian Specimen Hardstone Marble Mosaic Paperweight
A Fine early 19th century Italian Hardstone and Marble Paperweight or Papier Presse. Italian, circa: 1800-1820. Measuring: 5.5" by 4". Weight: 5 pounds.

The oval paper weight from the * Grand Tour period in Italy is carved from Black marble with various hardstone specimens. Of the Twenty marbles represented many are of historical geological importance. Noting Three of the group: Egyptian Red Imperial * Porphyry {far left middle}, found only in Egypt. Greek Dark Green Porphyry {far right middle}, found only in Greece. English * Blue John {far right bottom}, found only in Derbyshire England.

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* For more detailed information about the following please see FAQ's page above and section: [2]PORPHYRY, [3]BLUE JOHN, [4]THE GRAND TOUR
Robert L. Reese Antiques & Fine Art 2004