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VINTAGE MID 20TH CENTURY ITALIAN ALABASTER MARBLE WATERMELON

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VINTAGE MID 20TH CENTURY ITALIAN ALABASTER MARBLE WATERMELON

  • Made of solid alabaster marble, so it feels smooth and it’s got a little weight to it.  
  • In excellent condition, no flaws
  • Marble fruit was first made in the Victorian Era, but became very popular after WW2 in the late 40s and early 50s, you could usually find it on any table, bringing a bit of the Mediterranean style to anyplace in your home.  It had a resurgence in the 70s, but we’re sure that’s mid 20th century is when ours came from after speaking to the auction managers where it was purchased.
  • In colors of fresh watermelon pinkish red and pale rind green, and of course, let’s not forget the shiny black seeds.  
  • Marbled effect gives character to the slice of watermelon, as though it was just sliced with a knife off the large watermelon for you.
  • 3" wide x 3.75" tall x 1" deep
  • I’m not sure who made the stone fruits that we have, but Ducceschi and Murano are just a few of the glass and stone masters that made it.  We’ve found from our research that most were hand sculpted in the Carrara area in Italy and near the Tuscan Village of Volterra, where they have renowned quarries where even Michelangelo found his stones, according to some.  These pieces aren’t naturally in the colors as we see them.  They take white pieces of marble and carve them into the shapes they need for the fruits they want to make.  The pieces are then heated in a special oven and apply wax on them .  Later they paint them with a special mineral based paint, along with natural pigments.  Wow!  Do these fruits ever look real!  Of course, they’re pretty shiny, which makes them look fresh, but when you pick one up, you’ll know it’s something that could really weigh “heavy” on your stomach, so you probably won’t want to eat it.  Ha!
  • If you want to read and see some great examples of marble fruit and how the making of it changed and how to tell when yours was made, check out this site...http://bluedogantiques.blogspot.com/2010/01/stone-fruit.html

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