Derbyshire Blue John Small Neoclassical Urn Shaped Vase

Derbyshire Blue John Small Neoclassical Urn Shaped Vase

1700 to 1800 England

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A Fine Derbyshire Blue John Small Neoclassical Urn Shaped Vase
Standing on an Alabaster and Ormolu mounted ebonised base
Circa 1780 – 1800

Size: 16.5cm high – 6½ ins high
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 15, item no. 1, for a large Blue John vase
No two pieces of Blue John are ever alike. The colours run in bands across the body of the fluorspar and range in colour from purple and dark blue to yellow, buff and off white, and their disposition is always different. Blue John was originally discovered by lead miners employed as slaves by the Romans in Britain as veins in the caverns and caves of the Derbyshire Peak District. Prized for its 'imperial' purple colouring it became valuable as a fragile semi-precious stone, which was exported to Rome.
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Blue John, Wood, Ormolu
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