A stunning Florentine Pietra Dura Plaque with its original display stand.
The plaque measures 5 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. It is 1/2 inch in thickness and it weighs just over one pound.
The inlay is all in place and there are no missing pieces.The background is black marble and the inlay consists of various semi-precious stones.
Pietra Dura or literally hard stones was an art that flourished in Florence in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. It was revived in the 19th century and Pietra Dura was seen as a 'must buy' by participants on the Grand Tour. It is mosaic work using precious stones and marbles as inlay to create a picture usually a floral still life.
Just for a moment, take time to admire the skill of the artist in choosing inlay pieces that had just the right amount of fading color from dark to light to reflect the natural effect of light on the leaves. These precious stone inlays have not been dyed. The tone, color and depth are natural aspects of the inlay skillfully cut and inlaid by a master of the art of pietra dura. Such is the attention to detail that the capillaries in the stem cross section are carefully detailed by inlaying a precious stone that had flecks of contrasting pigments to represent this in a natural way.
This substantial piece of petra dura was primarily created, by an artist from Florence, for display just like any other piece of still life art.
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