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Pietre dure Table
tabletop 1580–1600; base 1825
Pietre dure and marble commesso (mosaic) top including breccia di Tivoli (or Quintilina), giallo antico, nero antico, breccia rossa, breccia cenerina, breccia verde, broccatello, bianco e nero antico, serpentine, alabaster fiorito and alabaster tartaruga, lapis lazuli, coral, rock and yellow and black jasper on a carved and gilt wood base
136.5 × 113 cm (53 3/4 × 44 1/2 in.)
The technique of hard- and softstone inlay flourished in ancient Greece and Rome and was revived in
This tabletop must have been produced after 1559, since the stone of the large central oval, known as breccia di Tivoli, was only discovered around this time. The stone was highly prized for its rarity and its variegated colors, which resemble gems set in dark stone.