Malachite

The nineteenth century knows a great trend of objects plated with malachite, a beautiful intense green mineral, whose appearance resembles a veined marble. Used as a block for small objects, the technique of the "Russian mosaic" allows, from the end of the 18th century, to cover large surfaces of malachite, for luxurious and original commissions.

Indeed, Siberia supplies the precious mineral in great quantity, which enables the Royal Russian lapidary factories to develop this new technique. In 1808, Tsar Alexander I gave Napoleon a set of works in malachite, rare and extraordinary presents that adorn the Emperor’s Room at the Trianon, now called the Hall of Malachites.

The beautiful stone was then popularized in the decorative arts, for the decoration of all types of objects, and especially in the aristocratic interiors of St. Petersburg. Hence, by ordering a malachite veneer for the fireplace of her room in the Champs-Elysees, the Marquise de Paiva added a Russian touch to her Parisian Hotel.
Our custom-made fireplace workshop Maison & Maison conceived the Louis XV style fireplace “Païva” in this spirit:

Vert d’Estours marble

Extracted in the valley of Estours, a beautiful valley of the Ariège department in France, the Vert d'Estours marble has a fresh spring color. It is used in the decorative arts for the realization of fireplaces, pedestals of statuettes, shelfs of furniture pieces, etc.

Unlike the Campan marble, the Vert d'Estours marble has an ivory-colored background, and fine undulating veins. In the 19th century, it was exported to Belgium, Italy and Japan.

The marble of Estours always supplies the Vert d'Estours, the only marble still to be extracted in Ariège. In the past, these quarries also provided Turquin Blue and Breche Violette.

Paonazzo marble

Used since Antiquity for the most solemn and sumptuous monuments, such as the Mosaula of Hadrian, or later the Pasteur Institute in 1887, the Paonazzo marble is extracted in Italy in the quarries of Carrara and Calacatta.

Of a white or cream background, it is distinguished by lightning-like veins, lined with yellow and purple.

Often selected by the World's Fairs attendants to compete in sumptuousness, it is in this marble that Ruhlmann realizes the Art Deco bathroom of his famous Pavilion of the Collector, at the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts of 1925.

Discover our selection of fireplaces in Paonazzo marble:

The Bleu Fleuri marble

Praised for the freshness of its color, the Bleu Fleuri marble offers a variety of shades from gray to sky blue. It is a sought-after marble whose veins also take various forms according to the marble cut. Sometimes of deep black, these veins highlight the subtle blue color of the stone.

Of a more rare blue than the Turquin, it was particularly appreciated in the 19th  century for the creation of fireplaces. It is indeed Pompadour fireplaces, Louis XIV or Louis XVI styles fireplaces, made in the 19th century, that most often allow to admire this marble. It is brought up to date by Napoleon I, who chooses a Bleu Fleuri fireplace to decorate his apartments at the Chateau of Compiègne.

The Bleu Fleuri marble comes mainly from the quarries of Seravezza in Tuscany, quarry that provides the most beautiful marble, including the famous white Carrara marble.