PIETRA DURA TABLETOP. MARBLE AND HARDSTONES.

Decoration -
Reference: AWD11A D120

Circular table top made of marbles and hard stones. Inspired by Italian models of the XVI-XVII centuries.
The central circle has been highlighted by concentric bands of different widths decorated with ovals, diamonds and rectangles, some framed, to which are added little flowers and very simplified plant elements on the outside. The black background is barely visible, and, despite the great abundance of elements, the central red stone is the star of the composition.
The beginning of this technique, known as "hard stone work" was produced in Florence, thanks to the support of Piero de Medici and Lorenzo the Magnificent to revitalize the technique of the Roman mosaic (opus sectile) made with colored stones, applying the relevant variations of subject and technique. From the seventeenth century, in addition to a change of theme with the primacy of the decoration of naturalistic motifs over the rest, other workshops arose in Europe: the Royal Workshop of Naples takes over from the vanished Florentine, the Factory of Gobelins in France and the one established by Carlos III in the Real Palacio del Buen Retiro of Madrid. With the passage of time, the reasons used in these works would change slightly, adding details such as birds or pearl necklaces. With this technique were made desks, tabletops, panels and plates, vases, etc., and the recipients were the court and the high aristocracy due to the high price they acquired. The materials used were, always, marbles of different colors and stones of a hardness in the scale of Mohs greater than 6, which were, often, imported.
The present example is inspired by this tradition. Compare, for example, with the Italian panel (O00134) of the late 16th century at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the table of the Loggetta del Tempo at the Villa di Poggio Imperiale in Florence, that of the Villa del Príncipe in Genoa, the preserved in the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum in Florence, or the "Mesa Farnesio" (58.57 ad) from around 1565-1573 held in Italy and kept at the Metropolitan Museum in New York."


· Size: Diam. 120 cms.

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