Specialist Derbyshire Blue John auction set for 5th October

Fellows have announced an auction of over 250 lots of Derbyshire Blue John will take place 5th October.

Derbyshire Blue John is a semi-precious mineral, a beautiful form of fluorite with purple-blue or yellow bands of colour which create striking patterns in the rock. These colours gave the material its name – in French ‘bleu jaune’.

The use of this wonderfully coloured mineral became increasingly popular in the second half of the eighteenth century, where it was mined for its ornamental value, used to create various objects and for architectural purposes in decorative arrangements. In the UK this material is found only at Blue John Cavern and Treak Cliff Cavern at Castleton in Derbyshire, and with mining occurring on a very small scale in modern days, it is extremely rare and collectable.

The sale uniquely brings together the largest collection of Derbyshire Blue John, with a vast range of objects and values to suit all tastes and pockets from £30 to over £30,000. To the best of our knowledge, this is the most extensive collection of Blue John offered in one sale at auction.

Fellows will be exhibiting the peices at this Summers Antiques for Everyone Fair on 23-26 July. To find out more click here

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