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A large pietra dura table top

on a giltwood base

The top: Florence, grand‑ducal workshops, circa 1650
The base: Probably France, late 17th century
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Details

H. 91 cm (35 ¾ in.); W. 132 cm (52 in.); D. 72 cm (28 ½ in.)

Provenance

Señor Don Gonzalo de Ulloa y Ortega Montanes, Conde de Adanero


Señor Don Jose Maria de Ulloa y Ortega Montanes, Marques de Castro Serna


Thence by descent

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A large pietra dura table top - Galerie Kugel
A large pietra dura table top - Galerie Kugel
A large pietra dura table top - Galerie Kugel
A large pietra dura table top - Galerie Kugel

A large pietra dura table top

on a giltwood base

The top: Florence, grand‑ducal workshops, circa 1650
The base: Probably France, late 17th century
Enquire
A large pietra dura table top - Galerie Kugel

This mid-seventeenth century Florentine pietra dura tabletop, whose pendant is presently at the Palace of Schönbrunn near Vienna, is an impressive example of a production demanding impeccable craftmanship. The table’s design, with its many naturalistic motifs, especially of birds and flowers, are undoubtedly derived from the repertory created by Jacopo Ligozzi for the Galleria dei Lavori in pietra dura.

Although Ligozzi’s drawings continued to be used long after his death by the Grand Ducal craftsmen—and some elements can surely be recognised on the present table such as the Cardinal, a red bird of American species, the cartoon of which he created around 1604—the composition of this tabletop as a whole is of a very different style.

In particular, the central pattern of a fruit tray is very rare in the Florentine hardstone production and can only be found on two other works: a tabletop in Saint Petersburg and its pendant at Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen.

A large pietra dura table top - Galerie Kugel

En particulier, le motif central figurant un plateau de fruit est d’une grande rareté dans la production de marqueterie de pierres dures florentine et ne se retrouve que sur deux autres œuvres : un plateau de table conservé à Saint-Pétersbourg et son pendant exposé au château de Rosenborg au Danemark.

A large pietra dura table top - Galerie Kugel
A large pietra dura table top - Galerie Kugel