PIETRA DURA TABLETOP. MARBLE AND HARDSTONES.

Decoration -
Reference: AWD11B D120

Circular table top made of marbles and hard stones. Inspired by Italian models of the XVI-XVII centuries.
Circular board with an outer strip decorated with ovals, circles and polygons alternated with plant elements, and a central area with a circular motif flanked on four sides by tondos, the five highlighted by simple figures inserted into other thin bands. The background of this central area is completed with plant elements of classicist inspiration.
It has been done with a technique similar to inlay that uses marbles and hard stones (more than 7 on the Mohs scale) to make those designs. Clearly highlights the lapis lazuli, but it was also very common to use in these examples azurite, chalcedony, jasper, etc., often highlighted on black Belgian marble.
The prominence of geometry relates the present to the beginning of the European tradition of the works of this material. It was Piero de Medici and Lorenzo the Magnificent who began to support in Florence a series of works to recover, with thematic and technical changes, the Roman technique of the mosaic "opus sectile". It is in this era where the greatest decorative variety of these boards, desks, plates was produced ..., because, from around 1600, it was the naturalist motifs that ended up prevailing. Over the years, in addition, birds, parrots, laceries, pearls, etc. were added. So successful was the work of hard stones that, since the seventeenth century, a series of workshops were created in Europe that continued with this tradition, among which the Gobelins Factory in France, the Royal Workshop of Naples and the El factory stand out. Buen Retiro in Madrid.
Compare this work with masterpieces such as those preserved in the Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence, or the "Tablero de Felipe II" made in a Roman workshop before 1587 and preserved in the Museo del Prado in Madrid (O00452), or the Getty Museum in Florence or Rome towards the end of the 16th century or the beginning of the 17th century (HS9429). Due to the high price of the material used as well as the need to have highly specialized personnel for these creations, only some of them were made in such high quality, and were destined to the main courts and palaces, so that examples are preserved only in museums such as those mentioned and in important private collections .."


· Size: Diam. 120 cms.

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