The British Museum
There was evidence of cipollino marble in the floor of the Museum of the Louvre in Paris but nothing of this size was found in the British Museum in London. This seemed surprising as there are accounts of excavations made by various individuals who brought back marble to the Museum from archaeological sites known to have cipollino. For example, J. T. Wood was an excavator who was apparently commissioned to bring back materials which he excavated at Ephesus on behalf of the British Museum in the 19th century, and Ephesus is one of the sites known to have cipollino.
Dr Kiely, of the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities of the BM, when asked about this, said that he had consulted various colleagues and they seemed to think that they probably only had some geological samples of this stone, rather than fragments of objects made from it in antiquity. The samples, from the collection of Henry Tolley, whose daughter gave them to the museum in 1903, are on display at the King’s Library. He added that ‘it may be that some items in the collection are indeed made of this material, but this has not been properly identified, though this is slightly unlikely given its importance.’ The samples referred to in the King’s Library (now known as Enlightenment Gallery) are to be found in case No 205 in drawers 121a - 1903-11; 90-119 and 1903-11;10-120/148.