Turtlestone Fossil and Rosewood Table

  • This magnificent table is set with a rare specimen of Turtlestone within a rosewood frame
  • Turtlestone is an English marble cut from large geological spheres called Septarian Nodules
  • They formed in Oxford Clay during the English Jurassic period, 150 million years ago
  • Large nodules are extremely rare, so Turtlestone is almost never found in a table top
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Item No. 31-3863

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Both an exquisite work of English cabinetmaking and a fascinating relic of natural history, this Regency-style table features an octagonal surface that incorporates a monumentally sized and awe-inspiring specimen of Turtlestone, an English marble formed from fossilized spheres, known as septarian nodules. To find a septarian nodule of this size and naturally incorporating tiny fossils is a marvel of nature. The magnificent and stunningly figured specimen is beautifully set within a rosewood molded frame, held atop a powerful solid carved pedestal table. The color and figuration are a delight to behold, with a superbly turned central column leading to three delightfully carved legs terminating with elegantly scrolled foliate feet and their original brass casters.

The septarian nodules that form Turtlestone are so-called because of the seven-pointed formation of the calcites, aragonite and limestone which are components of the stone which formed in the Oxford Clay during the English Jurassic period, 150 million years ago. The nodules were first discovered during the brick mining process of the early 19th century and geologists discovered that they could be sliced and polished to incorporate in items of fine furniture or ornaments. Large nodules were extremely rare, so Turtlestone is almost never found in a tabletop. The highly decorative pattern in the marble is created by the golden calcite core running through a greyish clay concretion resulting in a dramatic figuring. To find one of this size naturally incorporating tiny fossils is incredibly rare. 

Circa 1840

19 3/8" wide x 19 3/8" deep x 29" high
Turtlestone Fossil and Rosewood Table
Period: 19th Century
Origin: England
Type: Occasional Tables/Étagères
Depth: 19.38 Inches
Width: 19.38 Inches
Height: 29.0 Inches
Style: Regency

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