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Reference: ZAAWRT01 240X120

Rectangular table top in marbles and hard stones. Inspired by Italian models of the XVI-XVII centuries.

Rectangular board with a central area decorated by three prominent ovals with a band of geometric patterns, and four reservations in the corners with stars; This area completes a series of plant elements of clear classicist inspiration. Outside, a frame with rhombus in the corners and circular geometric patterns completes the work and highlights the stone of those three ovals.
Hard stone work is a technique similar to marquetry that, instead of wood, uses marbles and stones of a hardness greater than 7 on the Mohs scale. For example, lapis lazuli, jades of different colors, alabaster, paragone, Belgian black marble are common in these works ... Due to the high price of raw material, which often had to be imported, and coupled with the fact that it was essential to have a hand Of very specialized work, the works made with this technique reached a high price, so that the desks, boards, plates and others were destined to the main houses and courts of the time.
The prominence of geometry and highlighting areas of stone relates the present example to the beginning of the tradition of hard stone work. Piero de Medici and Lorenzo the Magnificent promoted in Florence the recovery, with thematic and technical changes, the Roman mosaic technique "opus sectile". It is at this time that the greatest decorative variety was produced, because, from around 1600, it was naturalistic motifs that ended up prevailing. Over the years, in addition, birds, parrots, lacerias, pearls, etc. were added. The hard stone work was so successful that, since the 17th century, a series of workshops were created in Europe that continued with this tradition, among which the Gobelin Factory in France, the Royal Workshop of Naples and the El factory stand out. Good Retreat in Madrid.
Only important private collections and outstanding museums have similar examples in their funds. For example, let's mention those of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure Museum in Florence, the tabletop with alabaster oval of the Prado Museum in Madrid (O00134) made towards the end of the 16th century in a Roman workshop, or the Roman one of the Metropolitan Museum of New York (inventory 62,259)."

· Size: 240x120 cms.

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