• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 730

    AN ITALIAN PIETRA DURA PANEL

    FLORENCE, 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN PIETRA DURA PANEL
    FLORENCE, 17TH CENTURY
    The rectangular panel depicting various flowers in hardstones comprising lapis lazuli, giallo antico and agate against a slate ground, within a gilt-metal mounted palisander moulded frame, originally fitted as the top of a casket, the veneered back showing signs of previous hinges
    5¾ x 8½ in. (14.5 x 21.5 cm.) [without frame]; 11 x 14 in. (28 x 35.5 cm.) [with frame]


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    Such pietre dure panels were mainly produced in Rome and in the Medici workshops, the Opificio delle pietre dure, founded in 1588 by Grand Duke Ferdinand I de Medici. These panels were sought after by a growing clientèle of wealthy patrons and foreign connoisseurs on their Grand Tour. These panels were often fitted to important in cabinets or caskets, as the present panel would have been.

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