A Rare and Unusual Pair of English Black Marble and Fossilised Wood Table Candlesticks

A Rare and Unusual Pair of English Black Marble and Fossilised Wood Table Candlesticks

1800 to 1900 England

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A Rare and Unusual Pair of English Black Marble and Fossilised Wood Table
Candlesticks
Circa 1810-30

Size: 25 cm high – 9¾ ins high
The word fossil literally means ‘dug up’ and one Renaissance theory suggested that fossils were formed from tiny stone seeds that grew and then perished inside the earth. Another speculator held that they were ‘trial runs’ the creator had decided not to infuse with life. It was the genius Leonardo da Vinci who correctly explained the origins of fossils. He was a pioneer in stratigraphy; the study of the origin, composition, distribution and succession of the earth’s layers. By the 19th century wealthy English collectors were spending small fortunes on fossils and would finance expeditions to dig for them.
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Height 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
Medium
Black Marble and Fossilised Wood
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