View 1 of Lot 27. A VICTORIAN ASHFORD MARBLE MODEL OF CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY.
View 1 of Lot 27. A VICTORIAN ASHFORD MARBLE MODEL OF CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY.
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A VICTORIAN ASHFORD MARBLE MODEL OF CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY

Estimate:

100 - 150 GBP

PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF LADY ELIZABETH CAVENDISH CVO

A VICTORIAN ASHFORD MARBLE MODEL OF CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY

A VICTORIAN ASHFORD MARBLE MODEL OF CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY

Estimate:

100 - 150 GBP

Lot sold:

625

GBP

Property from the Estate of Lady Elizabeth Cavendish CVO

A VICTORIAN ASHFORD MARBLE MODEL OF CLEOPATRA'S NEEDLE, LATE 19TH CENTURY


inscribed with hieroglyphics and 'OBELISK / CALLED / CLEOPATRA'S / NEEDLE / AT / ALEXANDRA' to the stepped plinth

36cm high; 1ft.2⅛in.

The misnomer 'Ashford Marble' in fact refers to the hard limestone quarried in two quarries near Ashford-in-the-Water, Derbyshire, which is polished to jet black lustre in the eponymous workshops. It proved popular as a building material and as early as 1580 - Bess of Hardwick commissioned a chimneypiece for Chatsworth - but it was not until the 19th century that it really became fashionable as a material for both ornaments and furniture. It was promoted by William Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire who encouraged this new development after admiring Florentine work in Italy.