Geological Curators' Group Blog

Written by John Cooke, Mineral Enthusiast and Part-Time Curator; and Ros Westwood MBE FMA MA, Derbyshire Museums Manager at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Thomas Woodruff Black Marble table, recently up for auction. (Image courtesy of Freeman’s Auction House).

Ros Westwood curates the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery’s large collection of Ashford Black Marble ornaments amongst a vast collection of geology and archaeology related to the Peak District Landscape.

On the 20th October 2020, the authors were alerted to an auction at Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia on the 21st October. Lot 101 was an inlaid Ashford Black Marble table made by Thomas Woodruff (see text below for auction details). Unfortunately, for both authors, time was not on their side and even if a purchase could be secured, the cost of transport was unquantifiable in such a short period of notice. With costs, the lot sold for about…

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