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Reference: AWD05 D120

Circular marble board and hard stones. "Flower". Inspired by Italian models of the XVI-XVII centuries.
A flower surrounded by vegetal scrolls is presented as the main motif in the center, and is highlighted by its brown colors, in contrast to the paler ones in the environment, made from plant elements and branches with fruits on which there are several birds perched while Some butterflies are cut out on the black background.
To make the board, a technique similar to wood inlay has been used, using marbles and different hard stones such as lapis lazuli. The history of the "hard stone work" was born with Piero de Medici and Lorenzo the Magnificent in Florence, who wanted to revitalize technique of the Roman mosaic (opus sectile) made with colored stones with the relevant variations of subject and technique. After 1600, the primacy of the decoration of naturalistic motifs is clear over the rest of the themes that appeared in the 15th century. In the seventeenth century France was the first court to show a clear interest in the hard stone technique by establishing local production centers (Factory of Gobelins) and, while in Italy, the Royal Workshop of Naples takes over from the Florentine then disappeared. In Spain, Carlos III established another one in the Real Palacio del Buen Retiro in Madrid, which closed at the beginning of the 19th century. With the passage of time, and based on the prominence of the plant motifs, the models were changed to adapt to the tastes of the time.
They were always works made for the high aristocracy and the courts for the high price of materials and labor. The present example is worthy heir to this important tradition. Compare the ones preserved in the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum in Florence, the panel by Francesco Ghinghi (O00511) or the one made in Naples (O00466) at the Museo del Prado in Madrid."

· Size: Diam. 120 cms.

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