Stone Fragments - Marble, Red Ochre, Italy, circa 1920s Object Reg. No: ST 017288

Red Italian marble fragments from the De Marco Brothers circa 1920s. The De Marco Brothers were manufacturers and installation specialists of mosaic, terrazzo, ironite and granolithic flooring. Established by Italian brothers Severino and Annibale De Marco who migrated to Australia in the early 1900s, the De Marco Brothers business operated in Melbourne from circa 1914 - circa 1955. They made contributions to many prominent Melbourne building projects including the Myer Emporium (Myers), the T & G Building and the Hotel Australia.
Granular pieces of Italian chocolate marble used for making terrazzo. Colour appears as vibrant red ochre with white marble veins present in some pieces. Colour heightened when moistened. Dry samples appear as shades of pink. Samples are very dusty and easily crumble. Samples consist of both medium size and smaller pieces (sizes No. 1 & 2). Samples contained in a jar with a card label with typed letters, most likely original museum object label.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from De Marco Bros, 1928
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: italian communities, italian immigration, floorings, terrazzo, marble, product samples, building stones
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, De Marco Brothers, Terrazzo Granolithic & Concrete Placing, Melbourne, circa 1914-1955, Annibale & Severino De Marco, Italian Migrants & Terrazzo Workers (1885-1943) & (1894-1961)
Primary Classification: BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION
Secondary Classification: Flooring
Tertiary Classification: tiling
Inscriptions: Card label within jar: 'ITALIAN CHOCOLATE MARBLE / I7288'
Other Association (See Comments): Italy, circa 1920s

Place and date quarried.
User (Probable): De Marco Bros, Melbourne, Central, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920s

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