Art Deco Carrara Marble Floor Vase, c. 1930

Art Deco Carrara marble floor vase, turned from a solid block of Carrara Sicilian.

Max diameter (at the shoulder): 13.5"; rim diameter: 11".
Inside rim measures 6.25" diameter x 16" deep.
39. 25" tall

Italy c. 1930


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Given its size and weight, this elegant vase was probably made for the lobby of a grand hotel, bank or similar public space. Its smooth, honed surface has a soft luster.

There are many varieties of Carrara marble, the most famous of which is the pure white called 'Statuario', used by sculptors from Michelangelo to Rodin. The marble of this vase is called Carrara Sicilian. Characterized by subtle patterns of white and grey with darker veins and flecks, it was popular in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The name Sicilian is a bit confusing as Sicily has nothing to do with the marble. It is thought that maybe it was shipped via Sicily or perhaps on a ship called Sicilia, but on one knows for sure. [1]

Scattered surface abrasions and rust stains. Two cracks at the rim, filled and stable. Areas of discoloration and small chips at the base.

[1] See Monica T. Price, "The Sourcebook of Decorative Stone- an Illustrated Identification Guide" (New York: Firefly Books, Ltd, 2007), 64-65; 78-79.

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