PIETRA DURA TABLETOP. MARBLE AND HARDSTONES. “FLOWER”.

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Reference: AWD05 D90

Circular panel made of marble and hard stones. "Flower". Inspired by Italian models from the 16th-17th centuries.
A flower surrounded by vegetal scrolls presents / displays like main motive in the center, and is outstanding by its brown colors, in contrast to the pale ones of the environment, made with vegetal 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 has been used a technique similar to the inlay in wood using marbles and different hard stones like lapis lazuli. The history of "hard stone work" was born with Piero de Medici and Lorenzo the Magnificent in Florence, who wanted to revitalize the technique of the Roman mosaic (opus sectile) made with colored stones with the relevant variations of thematic and technical. After 1600 the primacy of the decoration of naturalistic motifs on the other themes that appeared in the fifteenth century is clear. In the seventeenth century France was the first court to show a clear interest in the technique of hard stone establishing local production centers (Factory of Gobelins) and, while in Italy, the Royal Workshop of Naples takes over the Florentine and by Then disappeared. In Spain, Carlos III established another one in the Real Palace of the Good Retirement of Madrid, that closed at the beginning of century XIX. With the passage of time, and based on the protagonism of the vegetable motifs, the models were changed to suit the tastes of the time.
It was always work done for the high aristocracy and the courts for the high price of materials and labor. The present example is a worthy heir to this important tradition. Compare with those preserved in the Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, the board of Francesco Ghinghi (O00511) or the one realized in Naples (O00466) of the Museum of the Prado of Madrid."


· Size: Diam. 90 cms.

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