19th Century – Miniature Italian Pietra Dura Portrait.Art
Italian Pietra Dura Portrait of Figure.
A Italian ‘pietra pura’ portrait of an elegantly dressed figure, it dates 19th Century. Pietra dura (translates as “hard stone” in Italian) designs are usually micromosaics, or jewelry objects composed of small pieces of stone. The components in this design are rare and unusual, with a subject matter of a figure, it is polished with thinly sliced pieces of stones of: agate, lapis, lazuli, jasper and chalcedony, and placed into a dark background of dark marble. The pietra dura is placed in a gilt frame of a simple rectangle shape and design, with a wire hanger at the back.
A unique Italian ‘Pietra Pura’ portrait of timeless elegance and quality, it would make a splendid art object for collectors, or the home.
Marked: Unknown maker, Italian origins.
Frame Measures: 5 inches x 8 inches
Stone Measures: 4 inches x 6 inches
Excellent Condition. Minor patination commensurate with use and age.
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