The eye of the collector by Jean-luc Ferrand


Friday 18 December 2015, by Barbara Cogollos

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Red Languedoc marble, located to Notre-Dame-du-Cros, municipality of Caunes-Minervois in Aude. Cristalline limestone with a uniform red color, with some fossil traces and fragments of calcite shell. Red with white stains without grey stains. Begining of the exploitation during the Antiquity.

Red Griotte marble, named red Griotte from Italy for commercial reasons. Located to Félines-Minervois in Hérault. Cristalline limestones with amygdaloidal structure, can be considered also like "lumachelle" because only constituted of cemented goniatites. The most beautiful is a red very vivid, we talk about "œil de perdrix" when it has lots of full of calcite goniatites.

The great Antique, also called "Grand Deuil". Pit in Saint-Girons, in Ariège. Cristalline limestones very dark which suffered under great strains cutting it angular elements of all size, gaps clogged with the white calcite. Used in furniture, decorations and works of art. Begining of the exploitation during the Antiquity, nowadays closed.

Yellow of Sienne, located to Colle Val d’Esla Sienne in Italy. Cristalline limestones, uniform, with very fine grain. It can go to the most beautiful uniform yellow to the clear yellow with some white shades. Used in furniture, decorations, clocks and stone marquetries.

Portor, Pit in the island of Portor Venere in Toscane, Italy. Cristalline limestones, dark or black, presenting dislocations more or less sinuous fulfilled by calcite microcristaLline (which name Portor) or the pure cristalline calcite (named the Portargent). The most beautiful with the vein very yellow, the Portor with the white vein named the Portargent. Use for the furniture, chimneys, decorations and works of art. Very active in the XVIIth, XVIIIth and XXth century during the Art Déco on very beautiful furniture. Begining of the exploitation during theAntiquity, still in exploitation.

For more informations consult : Identification des marbres de Jacques Dubarry de Lassale. édition H.Vial

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