A Fine Pair of Mid 20thC Italian Carved Marble Faux Peaches


Origin: Italian
Period: Mid Twentieth Century
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1940-60
Height: 2.75 inches

The pair of Italian carved marble faux peaches each naturalistically modelled and hand chiselled.

Generally in good condition the peaches have expected wear, with one or two slight frits but nothing of a serious nature.

Stone fruit was first made in the Victorian days, and became very popular after WWII, and is still made today but now, mostly in the far east. Much of the prized Italian fruit is is produced in the Carrara area of Italy where the famous quarries used by Michelangelo are found. Chunks of white marble are carved, chiseled and shaped into fruit and then the piece is heated in a kiln oven. After, a coating of wax is applied and pigments and dyes are then layered on the warm wax with minerals and natural dyes used as pigments.

Perfect on the mantelpiece, or indeed, in the fruit bowl. Just don’t take a bite.