H: 30 in / 75 cm | Dia: 21.5 in / 54.5 cm
A Fine Florentine Gueridon in the Italian Baroque Manner
Constructed in finely carved giltwood, incorporating a circular Florentine pietra dura platform; rising from volute feet supporting a stylised scallop shell, symbolic of good fortune and rebirth, over, a putto clasps a palm leaf dressed tree trunk, on which rests the complex pietra dura platform, with a central roundel of Lapis Lazuli and Malachite, issuing lenticular form specimen marbles inlays, enclosed within a gadroon carved giltwood border.
Italian, circa 1860
It is likely several of the present specimen marbles are spolia, previously used in the construction of ancient Roman buildings several millennia earlier. The central blue circle is made of lapis lazuli, famous as the base for ultramarine blue paint- the most expensive pigment used in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (gold pigment being second).
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