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Philippe Malgouyres, with Clement Blanc-Riehl. Paris. Editions de la Reunion des musees nationaux. 2003. First edition. Glossy pictorial boards. 208 pages. A catalogue of 70 exhibits illustrated in colour and 86 fig. illustrations in colour and b&w. 290 x 230mm (11½ x 9"). 1.2kg. 2711845850. French. Very good; light surface wear to rear board, a small ex libris stamp of 'ORDO' to half-title and title page.The scarce catalogue for an exhibition on Porphyry held at the Louvre, Paris. Porphyry was a stone highly prized throughout the Roman Empire. It's rarity, hardness and purple colour (from which it gets its name) gave it Imperial status. Society's continued fascination with classical times, especially during the 17th and 18th centuries, meant that porphyry continued to be used as a symbol of luxury and wealth. The catalogue of 70 examples of the finest porphyry items is split into periods - Antiquity, Middle-Ages, Renaissance, 17th and 18th Centuries. Each item is well illustrated and accompanied by extensive research. There is also a chapter on the material and the techniques used in carving it. The book remains one of the key texts on the material.