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Antique Italian Pietra Dura Mounted Ormolu Basket 19th C

Antique Italian Pietra Dura Mounted Ormolu Basket 19th C | Ref. no. 08755 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 08755
Price: £ 0.00
This is a superb quality  antique Italian Pietra Dura mounted gilt bronze basket dating from the late 19th Century.

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This is a superb quality  antique Italian Pietra Dura mounted gilt bronze basket dating from the late 19th Century.

Of striking pierced form set with four highly decorative pietra dura roundels depicting various corals and sea crustaceans, centred with a beautiful large oval floral bouquet pietra dura panel.

It is  a lovely piece which will make an unforgettable gift.   

Condition:

In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

 



Dimensions in cm:

Height 6 x Width 25 x Depth 25

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 10 inches

Our reference: 08755

Pietra dura is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly polished coloured stones to create images. It is considered a decorative art.
Pietre dure is an Italian plural meaning "hard rocks" or hardstones; the singular pietra dura is also encountered in Italian. In Italian, but not in English, the term embraces all gem engraving and hardstone carving, which is the artistic carving of three-dimensional objects in semi-precious stone, normally from a single piece, for example in Chinese jade.
The traditional convention in English has been to use the singular pietra dura just to denote multi-colored inlay work. However, in recent years there has been a trend to use pietre dure as a term for the same thing, but not for all of the techniques it covers, in Italian.
 But the title of a 2008 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Art of the Royal Court: Treasures in Pietre Dure from the Palaces of Europe used the full Italian sense of the term, probably because they thought that it had greater brand recognition. The material on the website speaks of objects such as a vase in lapis lazuli as being examples of "hardstone carving (pietre dure)"
The Victoria & Albert Museum in London uses both versions on its website, but uses pietra dura. "A method of inlaying coloured marbles or semi-precious stones into a stone base, often in geometric or flower patterns...."
Giovanni Montelatici (1864-1930) was an Italian Florentine artist whose brilliant work has been distributed across the world by tourists and collectors. Owners of Giovanni's work included Donald Trump.


Ormolu - (from French 'or moulu', signifying ground or pounded gold) is an 18th-century English term for applying finely ground, high-carat gold in a mercury amalgam to an object of bronze.The mercury is driven off in a kiln leaving behind a gold-coloured veneer known as 'gilt bronze'.

The manufacture of true ormolu employs a process known as mercury-gilding or fire-gilding, in which a solution of nitrate of mercury is applied to a piece of copperbrass, or bronze, followed by the application of an amalgam of gold and mercury. The item was then exposed to extreme heat until the mercury burned off and the gold remained, adhered to the metal object.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 6 x Width 25 x Depth 25

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 inches x Width 10 inches x Depth 10 inches

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