Italian pietra dura semi-precious stone floral wall panel

£9,500

Crafted by ‘commesso’, literally ‘fitting together’ coloured stones, this depiction of a flower vase is a wonderful example of Italian ‘pietra dura’ craftsmanship.

 

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Description

This decorative wall panel is a truly beautiful piece of ‘pietra dura’ work. Italian for ‘hard stone’, ‘pietra dura’ may be described as operating somewhere between the art of sculpture, inlay and mosaic. The panel was made using the ‘commesso’ (‘fitted together’) technique, developed in Florence in the late 16th Century, which involves inlaying variously shaped and coloured stones onto a backing. These are often different types of marble or gemstone, such as quartz, chalcedony, agate, jasper, granite, porphyry, and lapis lazuli, and occasionally precious stones are used, like ruby, emerald and sapphire.

The panel depicts a vase full of flowers, which is composed of red, white, blue, green, orange and yellow stones. Parts of the design are inlaid into the black stone backdrop, but some details, including several flowers, project outwards in three-dimensional shapes. This variety of form gives the image the illusion of depth and space. The flower vase is displayed within a wooden frame, with a glass front (visible in final image), which is decorated with gilt borders.

Details

Country of Origin
Italian
Date of Manufacture
c.1900
Period
Early 20th Century
Style
Classical, Floral, Renaissance
Material
Pietra Dura, Semi-precious stones, Wood
Colour
Black, Brown, Multi-coloured

Dimensions

Height
67 cm / 26.4 inches
Width
58 cm / 22.8 inches
Depth
13 cm / 5.1 inches

Reference:
010235

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