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"Pietra Dura" Tabletop, Marble and Hardstones, circa Late 20th Century



Rectangular tabletop with marbles and hard stones. Inspired by Italian models of the XVI-XVII centuries. The vein of a particular stone has been highlighted by placing it in the center and surrounded by a necklace with round and rhomboidal beads. Around him, it emphasizes a decoration based on vegetal scrolls with flowers, of marked classicist inspiration. To complete the composition, without removing the protagonism of the central area, the outer band shows a series of empty mirrors inside the posters that remind those employed in the Renaissance. The technique is very similar to inlay, but it uses marbles and hard stones (more than 7 on the Mohs scale) to make those designs. They were made with "hard stone work" desks, boards and other objects. Usually, lapis lazuli was used together with Belgian marble in the background, accompanied by jades, chalcedony, etc. The price of the material and that of the specialized labor raised so much the cost of this type of works of art that its recipients were only the main houses and courts of the time, for what today they only conserve in outstanding private collections and in important museums. 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 mosaic technique called "opus sectile". It is in this era where the greatest decorative variety was produced, because, from circa 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 the present panel with other masterpieces: the "Board of the Duke of Osuna" (O00501) made in 1614 and conserved in the Prado Museum of Madrid has a band to the exterior that remembers it; also highlights the vein of the stone in its central area the "Mesa Farnesio" of the Metropolitan Museum of New York (58.57 ad); and some preserved in the Museum Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence." Size: 180 x 120 cms. Height is orientative.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.19 in. (3 cm)Width: 70.87 in. (180 cm)Depth: 47.25 in. (120 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
    Late 20th Century
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa End of the 20th Century
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Madrid, ES
  • Reference Number
    Seller: AWRT229 180X1201stDibs: LU2951311654723

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