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M. Teixeira Soapstone Supplier Creates Magnificent Soapstone Fireplace Mantel

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We are quite proud to share this extraordinary work of soapstone art. Ronie Ryba, an iconic Brazilian artist and one of our suppliers, created this piece after finding inspiration in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Ryba was intrigued by a renaissance fireplace mantle that had appeared in the film. Upon further research, he learned of the original piece, which can be found at The Villa Della Torre Allegrini in Italy.

His inspiration came to fruition when he found the perfect piece of soapstone. As many great sculptors have expressed, Ryba saw the lion within the soapstone block, just waiting to be unveiled by his hands.

Those who have seen the work in person are wonderstruck by the piece’s powerful presence and generous size at 9’x9’x5’.

Barroca Soapstone – A Winning Classic

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FullSizeRender[2]Each of our nationwide soapstone warehouses has been receiving gorgeous soapstone slabs from the Barroca quarry. Pictured is our most recent lot of Barroca™ Soapstone. This product is a traditional soapstone from the Baroque-inspired Mariana region of Brazil. The stone is a beautiful light gray color. After oil or wax treatment, it takes on a rich black hue with occasional white veining.

White Soapstone – Does it Exist?

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whitethAfter an Italian quarry recently marketed their white marble as soapstone, we have been receiving a lot of requests for the now-famed product. While their stone is beautiful, Steatite (soapstone) is only white when composed of pure talc (which is unsuitable for architectural applications).

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