Antique Brass & Pietra Dura Mounted Desk Set 19th Century
Antique Brass & Pietra Dura Mounted Desk Set 19th Century
Antique Brass & Pietra Dura Mounted Desk Set 19th Century
Antique Brass & Pietra Dura Mounted Desk Set 19th Century
Antique Brass & Pietra Dura Mounted Desk Set 19th Century
Antique Brass & Pietra Dura Mounted Desk Set 19th Century

Antique Brass & Pietra Dura Mounted Desk Set 19th Century

c. 1870 England

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This is a wonderful antique brass and Pietra Dura mounted desk set, Circa 1870 in date.

Comprising a delightful pair of circular desk candlesticks, an oval pen tray and a cut glass inkwell and stand.

They all have beautiful applied rope twist borders and are set with floral inlaid Pietra Dura roundels.
There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector.

Condition:
In really excellent condition having been cleaned and polished in our workshops,,please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 17 x Width 11 x Depth 11 - Candelabras
Height 3 x Width 23 x Depth 7 - Blotter
Height 10 x Width 19 x Depth 19 - for ink

Dimensions in inches:
Height 6.7 x Width 4.3 x Depth 4.3 - Candelabras
Height 1.2 x Width 9.1 x Depth 2.8 - Blotter
Height 3.9 x Width 7.5 x Depth 7.5 - for ink

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.

Our reference: 07646
Dimensions
Height 17.00 cm (6.69 inches)
Width 11.00 cm (4.33 inches)
Depth 11.00 cm (4.33 inches)
Stock Code
07646
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