Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pietra Dura Pair

Pietra Dura (hard stones) is an Italian technique of using cut and fitted, highly polished colored stones to create images or designs. Pietra dura was first developed by the Ancient Romans and
since the 16th century Rome and Florence have been well known for the revival of this craft. Many luxurious objects were purchased as grand tour souvenirs well into the 20th century.
 Our spectacular and large, 22 inch tall, pair of black marble obelisks are inlaid with many types of marble and semi-precious stones. They date to the last quarter of the 19th century.

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