Antique French Ormolu & Pietra Dura Stationery Casket 19th Century
Antique French Ormolu & Pietra Dura Stationery Casket 19th Century
Antique French Ormolu & Pietra Dura Stationery Casket 19th Century
Antique French Ormolu & Pietra Dura Stationery Casket 19th Century
Antique French Ormolu & Pietra Dura Stationery Casket 19th Century
Antique French Ormolu & Pietra Dura Stationery Casket 19th Century

Antique French Ormolu & Pietra Dura Stationery Casket 19th Century

c. 1860 France

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This is a superb quality antique French ormolu and Pietra Dura stationery box, C1860 in date.

With a large inset polished pietra dura to the hinged lid with a further three to the front and three to the rear, with a decorative ormolu drop handle on each side.

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

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

Dimensions in cm:
Height 16 x Width 21 x Depth 14

Dimensions in inches:
Height 6.3 x Width 8.3 x Depth 5.5

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 copper, brass, 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.

Our reference: 08513
Dimensions
Height 16.00 cm (6.30 inches)
Width 21.00 cm (8.27 inches)
Depth 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
Stock Code
08513
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