39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP England 44.207.491.3435
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$ 15,000

Pietra dura inlay Italian coffee table

Origin Italy
Period 19th Century
Materials Hardstone, Pietra Dura, Wood.
W. 32.68 in; H. 23.23 in; D. 24.8 in;
W. 83 cm; H. 59 cm; D. 63 cm;
Description This highly unusual coffee table is set with an exceptionally beautiful pietra dura top. The pietra dura panelled top has been expertly crafted from a variety of striking and brightly coloured semi-precious stones (including malachite and lapis lazuli), all set into black marble, to create a wondrous vision of nature, with a bird sat on a flowering branch with three butterflies shown fluttering nearby. The pietra dura top is set into a hardwood surround, all supported on a table base with four legs and stretcher.
Pietra dura, or pietra dure, is the highly skilled artform in which patterns or pictures are formed through the inlay of semi-precious stones. It is similar to mosaic work and was typically used in antiquity to produce table tops and decorative panels.
Styles / Movements Traditional
Dealer Reference Number 8200
Incollect Reference Number 375785
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