English “Grand Tour” Derbyshire Specimen Marble Plaque Paperweights, circa 1850
A collection of three exceptional “Grand Tour” mid-19th century pietra dura mixed marble paperweights of plaque form, one rectangular, and two cartouche-shaped, composed of English Ashford Derbyshire black marble slabs inset with native English stones and minerals including Blue John (Derbyshire Spar), Duke’s Red, bird’s-eye, and various other indigenous and fossiliferous stones, in addition to imported stones of lapis lazuli, malachite, and jasper in “egg” shape inlays. Measurements are as follows:
Rectangular plaque: 8″ by 4.63″ by .88″
Cartouche plaque 1: 8″ by 5.5″ by .75″
Cartouche plaque 2: 7.88″ by 5.44″ by .63″.
Condition: Excellent. Wear commensurate with age and use.
Number of items: 3
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