Decorative Items | Victorian | Sculpture and Carving | Stock No: 15224

A pair of Purbeck Fossil Stone obelisks


Stock No.15224

A striking pair of large ornamental obelisks carved from an exceptional example of softly hued honey and light grey Purbeck Fossil Stone imbued with an abundance of marine fossils including bones, shells, microbes and bivalves and with imprints of early reptiles and animals.
English, circa 1910.

Notes: Purbeck Stone, famous worldwide for the amazing plethora and myriad example of fossils, was laid down during the Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous periods. The name is derived from the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset where outcrops are most prevalent. It is also found in other parts of southern England most notably along the Jurassic Coast, in Dorset, in the strata exposed in the cliffs and on the beaches west of Swanage.

Width Height Depth
6 1116"
17 cms
30 14"
77 cms
6 58"
16.7 cms

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