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Pietre Dure of The Morning Bath
Pietre Dure of The Morning Bath
Pietre Dure of The Morning Bath
Pietre Dure of The Morning Bath
Pietre Dure of The Morning Bath
Pietre Dure of The Morning Bath
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Pietre Dure of The Morning Bath

  • The hardstones recreate the composition of a painting by Benjamin Vautier entitled The Morning Bath
  • Each hardstone piece was carefully chosen to perfectly match the color and details of the painting
  • Marble and stone pietre dure works such as this are very rare and highly collectible
  • The scene is emblematic of the charming genre scenes favored by Italian pietre dure artisans
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$39,850
Item No. 31-6722

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Description
This incredible Italian pietre dure is made up of a show-stopping variety of hardstones, creating a magnificent narrative scene. The hardstones recreate the composition of a popular painting by Benjamin Vautier entitled The Morning Bath. Vautier's painting was reproduced in several print materials, but no other reproductions match the astounding meticulous details of this breathtaking pietre dure. Rendered in polished hardstones and marble, this plaque captures the charming scene of early morning bath time as. . .
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This incredible Italian pietre dure is made up of a show-stopping variety of hardstones, creating a magnificent narrative scene. The hardstones recreate the composition of a popular painting by Benjamin Vautier entitled The Morning Bath. Vautier's painting was reproduced in several print materials, but no other reproductions match the astounding meticulous details of this breathtaking pietre dure. Rendered in polished hardstones and marble, this plaque captures the charming scene of early morning bath time as a baby stands wobbly in a wooden tub. The scene is emblematic of the charming genre scenes favored by Italian pietre dure artisans.  

The art of pietre dure developed from the ancient art of opus sectile, where materials were cut and inlaid into walls and floors to form a decorative pattern. The meticulous technique requires that fine marble specimens and stones be carefully and artfully inlaid into a stone base. The method was both expensive and time-consuming, requiring not only precious materials but also highly skilled craftsmen. As a result, true marble and stone pietre dure works such as this are very rare and highly collectible.

19th century

Plaque: 11 5/8" high by 15 5/8" wide
Frame: 20 1/4" high by 24" wide by 2 1/8" deep
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Pietre Dure of The Morning Bath
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: Italy
Type: Other Fine Art
Depth: 2.13
Width: 24.0
Height: 20.25
Canvas Width: 15.625
Canvas Height: 11.625
Pietre Dure of The Morning Bath
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