Table Of Some Of The Principal Continental Marble Quarries

NAME OF QUARRY.

COUNTRY.

COLOUR OF STONE.

Weight

Per Foot

Cube in Lbs.

GEOLOGICAL FORMATION.

WHERE USED, AND REMARKS.

Continental Marbles.

Bardiglia ...

Montalto

Italy

Bluish grey, black veins and cloudings

..

...

Called "Bardilla;" sometimes contains veininga resembling flowers.

BROCATELLA

..

France

. . .

..

..

Porphyry.

Carrara ...

Carrara .

Italy

White .

168.6

Jurassic, lias, oolitic

Used chiefly for statuary; composed almost entirely of carbonate of lime; sometimes contains particles of quartz and pyrites; weathers badly in a smoky atmosphere, also under changes of temperature. Used for chimney-pieces.

Emperor's Red .

• •

Portugal .

Red.

..

..

*Giallo Antico .

..

...

Yellow .

...

...

* Ancient marbles, used for works of art; not now found in quarries, but imitated in artificial marbles.

*Noir Antico..

..

Black'.

Parian..

Island of Parr .

Greece

Cream white .

...

Preferred to Carrara for statuary; same composition; brighter fracture.

*Rosso Antico..

Near first cataract of Nile

Egypt •

Reddish brown; deep blood red, or veined with white

...

...

Consists chiefly of felspar.

Rouge Royal .

..

France and Belgium

Red and brown, veined

...

Chiefly used in this country for chimney-pieces.

Sicilian, also called Ravacci-one...

Near Carrara .

Italy . .

White

169.1

...

Somewhat same composition as Carrara. Used for Marble Arch. Marbles from Sicily are not much used in this country.

Sienna..

Sienna

Do.

Yellow, with veins and cloudings.

..

..

..

* Verde Antique ...

Near Genoa and Florence

Do.

Mottled with light green, dark green, and black.

..

..

Generally classed by builders among marbles; really a serpentine. (See p.

34.)