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Derbyshire Blue John Paperweight

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 In 1835 the century old industry at Ashford Marble Mill was transformed by William Adam of Matlock. At the suggestion of the Duke of Devonshire, who had seen Florentine mosaics while on a visit to Italy, he introduced the art of inlaying.

 

The beautiful floral and geometric inlaid designs proved an immediate success. Initially local stones and woods were used, these soon being supplemented by imported green Russian malachite, white Carrara, green

Florentine and yellow Sienna marbles from Italy, lapis lazuli and conch shells. By the middle of the 19th century the work produced at the Ashford Marble Works could rival from around the world. Three beautifully inlaid black marble tables, made at the workshops of T. Woodruff of Bakewell, were exhibited by Prince Albert at the Great Exhibition of 1851; reportedly putting even the Italian Master’s in the shade.

 

This paperweight was produced as a souvenir for the resulting tourist market, around 1860, and exhibits a border of random specimen marbles surrounding a turned Blue John egg.

 

5 1/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 in 

 

Item Code: 3813

£ 425

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