Derbyshire Blue John Paperweight


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  • £425.00
  • €505 Euro
  • $557 US Dollar

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Derbyshire Blue John Paperweight

In 1835 the century old industry at Ashford Marble Mill was transformed by William Adam of Matlock. At the suggestion of the Duke of Devonshire, who had seen Florentine mosaics while on a visit to Italy, he introduced the art of inlaying.
The beautiful floral and geometric inlaid designs proved an immediate success. Initially local stones and woods were used, these soon being supplemented by imported green Russian malachite, white Carrara, green Florentine and yellow Sienna marbles from Italy, lapis lazuli and conch shells. By the middle of the 19th century the work produced at the Ashford Marble Works could rival from around the world. Three beautifully inlaid black marble tables, made at the workshops of T. Woodruff of Bakewell, were exhibited by Prince Albert at the Great Exhibition of 1851; reportedly putting even the Italian Master’s in the shade.
This paperweight was produced as a souvenir for the resulting tourist market, around 1860, and exhibits a border of random specimen marbles surrounding a turned Blue John egg. 5 1/4 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 in


19th Century

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111 Portobello Road,
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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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