Decoration -
Reference: AWST91 120X120

Square table top. Marbles and hard stones. Inspired by Italian models from the 16th-17th centuries.

A frame of simple geometric elements and white oval shields accompanied by architectural details highlights, thanks to their light tones, the decorative motif of the center. This one, placed on a dark background, is formed by vegetal scrolls and flowers organized by lines towards the interior, camouflaged thanks to these stems, so that, in spite of the decorative abundance, it emphasizes the flower of four petals of the center.
The "work of hard stones" used in this table is very similar to the marquetry, but uses marbles and stones of a hardness greater than 6 in the scale of Mohs. The idea arose in Florence, when trying to revitalize a type of mosaic that used in the ancient Rome called "opus sectile" in time of the Medici. Other European workshops, such as the Gobelins Factory in France, the Royal Workshop in Naples and the one established by Carlos III at the Royal Site of El Buen Retiro in Madrid, Which closed at the beginning of the 19th century. The present example is heir to this tradition.
And you can also see stylistic influences. Although at the beginning there was a great variety of decorative elements in these stone inlays, from 1600 the naturalistic motives gained, which were gaining in variety with the time to include butterflies, birds, fruits ... Compare the present example with the conserved ones in The Opificio delle Pietre Dure of Florence, with the Roman chessboard between 1565 and 1590 of the National Museum of Decorative Arts of Madrid (inventory CE 27144) or the Roman anonymous board before 1636 (O00470) of the Museo del Prado."

· Size: 120x120 cms.

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