Pietre Dure Plaque

  • Meticulously rendered in polished hardstones and marbles
  • This plaque depicts an old peasant woman presenting a gift of two chickens to her priest
  • The scene is emblematic of the charming genre scenes favored by Italian pietre dure artisans
  • True marble and stone pietre dure works such as this are very rare and highly collectible
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Item No. 31-4225

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Meticulously rendered in polished hardstones and marbles, this plaque captures an old peasant woman presenting a gift of two chickens to her priest. 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 marbles 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.

Late 19th century

Plaque: 9 5/8" high x 12" wide
Frame: 10 3/4" high x 13 1/8" wide
Pietre Dure Plaque
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: Italy
Type: Other Fine Art
Depth: 0.75 Inches
Width: 13.13 Inches
Height: 10.75 Inches
Canvas Width: 12 Inches
Canvas Height: 9.625 Inches

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