• Christie's Interiors auction at Christies

    Sale 5915

    Christie's Interiors

    8 September 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 142

    AN ITALIAN EBONISED AND PIETRA PAESINA INSET CASKET

    LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN EBONISED AND PIETRA PAESINA INSET CASKET
    LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The sides with lapis lazuli roundels, the interior of the hinged lid inset with a mirror
    5½ in. (14 cm.) high; 8½ in. (21.5 cm.) wide; 6 in. (15.2 cm.) deep


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    Pietra paesina panels are mined from the Arno region of Italy. Its literal translation, "landscape stone" describes the natural figured graining which can be cut in such a way so as to exploit these patterns often depicting abstract landscapes. Small plaques of pietra paesina were popular for the decoration of cabinets and tables.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage