• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7841

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    29 April 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 34

    AN ITALIAN SPECIMEN MARBLE AND PIETRA DURA TABLE TOP

    PROBABLY ROME, 19TH/20TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN SPECIMEN MARBLE AND PIETRA DURA TABLE TOP
    PROBABLY ROME, 19TH/20TH CENTURY
    Of rectangular form, centred by an alabastro fiorito oval medallion, within a beaded border of giallo di Siena, lapis lazuli, bianco e nero, alabastro bianco, and a breccia di Semesanto and broccatella di Spagna shield-shaped surround, in a field of scrolling floral rinceaux set in a variety of marbles and hardstones including africano, lapis lazuli, bianco e nero and rosso antico, within an oval-inset rectangular border
    54¾ x 38 in. (139 x 96.5 cm.)


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    It is striking how close this commesso panel is related to a 16th century table top of Roman manufacture, illustrated by F.M. Tuena, 'I marmi commessi nel tardo rinascimento romano', Marmi Antichi, Rome, 1998, p. 80, ill. 28. They share not only the distinct central alabastro fiorito oval panel, but also the surrounding strapwork, foliate and floral field, as well as the broccatella di Spagna border and rounded edge.

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