France, the Louvre, Paris
In the Museum of the Louvre in Paris there are several examples of cipollino used on the flooring. (Plates 9.3, 9.4, & 9.5

 

The Palace of Versailles is said by Lazzarini to contain columns of cipollino taken by the French from Leptis Magna.4 This is confirmed in the article on the Hadrianic Baths at Leptis Magna, which claims that between 1686 and 1708 columns were taken by the French Consul in Tripoli, Claude Lemaire. ‘Much of it was reused when the palace of Versailles was built, a part was donated to Windsor Palace near London, but some columns were left behind on the beach.’5 The columns destined for Windsor Palace were the ones left on the beach. We were told by our guide at Leptis Magna that the columns had been offered to the French by the Turks but they (the French) had found them too large to transport. (See Chapter 5 Libya)
 

Arles, Nîmes
Arles and Nîmes have references to cipollino but a friend, who has accompanied me on searches for the marble, said she had found no signs of it there.


The Arsenal at Toulon, now the Musée National de la Marine
Lazzarini also says that the four columns which from 1814 decorated the entrance to the Arsenal at Toulon (now the Musée National de la Marine) were taken from Leptis Magna.
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4 Lazzarini, L., Poikiloi Lithoi, versiculores maculae: I marmi colorati della Grecia antica. Storia, uso, diffusione, cave, geologia, caratterizzazione scientifica, archeometria, deterioramento, Roma, 2007, p.187.
5 http:/www.livius.org/le-lh/lepcisˍmagna/Hadrianicˍbaths.html
6 Lazzarini, L. ,2007, p.187. (Caputo, Cafarelli 1964)

 

Maps and Plates

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Plates 9.3, 9.4 & 9.5 Cipollino marble flooring in the Louvre, Paris.

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Plates 9.3, 9.4 & 9.5 Cipollino marble flooring in the Louvre, Paris.

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Plates 9.3, 9.4 & 9.5 Cipollino marble flooring in the Louvre, Paris.