Pietra dura is Italian for "hard stone." In English, it is used to denote multi-colored inlay work precisely matched, to create a picture. It is a technique of using cut, fitted, and polished colored stones to create pictures. The stones used are usually silicates, such as agates, alabaster, amethyst, jade, jasper, lapis lazuli, malachite, onyx, and topaz. Developed in ancient Rome, revived during the Renaissance, it is one of the decorative arts that continues to be crafted today in Italy.
I believe this is a midcentury Florentine plaque depicting a flower bouquet. The pietra dura plaque is framed in silver. It is unusual as the background is white rather than black as is typical. This is a lovely piece of art with no damage framed in silver. The frame is 5" by 7." Both frame and plaque are in very good vintage condition with no losses. It has not been cleaned. Please review the pictures as they are part of the description.
Pietra Dura Bouquet Portrait on White Stone