Fossil marble table. Large, centrally positioned ammonite fossil from Madagascar inlaid into a grey and white 'St. Annes Ardeche' marble background, surrounded by specimens of limestones and marbles from Devon. Could be used as a coffee table, side table or console table.
These tables enhance what nature has already given us to discover. A painting in stone of millions of years of the Earth and its life. Ammonites and orthoceras are extinct invertebrates, related to squid, cuttlefish and octopuses. They are thought to be 65-400 million years old.
The name ammonite is taken from a resemblance to tightly curled ram's horns. Pliny the Elder, a Roman naturalist philosopher and author, called them 'Ammonis Cornua' or 'Horns of Ammon', an Egyptian god. There is a beautiful collection of ammonites in Sherborne Castle, along with a 19th century table top, which is surprisingly modern in design.
Objects of rarity and quality should not need replacing. Good craftsmanship and materials speak for themselves. Handmade pieces embody the energy of a craftsman. Mass produced objects look like mass produced objects, despite an often high price tag. Antiques and bespoke items are truly of merit as they retain intrinsic value, simply by being created by hand. Indeed, there is life in hand made objects.There are two tables in this design available (with different marble grains and ammonite specimens). This table can therefore be bought separately, or as a closely matched pair of tables supplied on bespoke wrought iron bases in a powder coated Antique Silver finish.