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    Sale 7623

    Important Early European Furniture, Sculpture and Tapestries

    6 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 530

    AN ITALIAN PIETRA PAESINA-INSET WALNUT, BURR-THUYA AND FRUITWOOD GAMES TABLE

    BOLOGNA, CIRCA 1780-1790

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN PIETRA PAESINA-INSET WALNUT, BURR-THUYA AND FRUITWOOD GAMES TABLE
    BOLOGNA, CIRCA 1780-1790
    The square top with eared corners and moulded gallery centred by a rectangular panel with verde antico, pink and lapis lazuli border, surrounded by eight smaller panels, some with giallo antico borders, above a shaped frieze fitted with a drawer, and three further conforming panels, on cabriole legs, lacking sabots
    31 in. (79 cm.) high; 32¾ in. (83 cm.) square


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    The particular type of marble for the pietra paesina plaques is mined in the Arno region of Italy. Its literal translation, 'landscape stone', aptly captures its fantastically coloured and figured graining. This landscape pattern was created when the stone fractured from the earth's movement and water passed through, reacting with the oxides in its chemical makeup. The marble is then cut to exploit these patterns depicting abstract landscapes.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN