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Pietra Dura Table with Parakeet and Other Birds, Trees, Flowers and Butterfly

Pietra Dura Table with Parakeet and Other Birds, Trees, Flowers and Butterfly by Unknown artist

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This table is a veritable still life of birds, fruits and plants. While the trees with their berries are local, the exotic, brilliantly coloured plumages of the birds suggest they originated somewhere like India or North Africa.

Florence has been famous for its production of pietra dura (hard stone) inlay work since the Renaissance, and examples grace many of the fine palaces of Italy. The technique is also used in a wide range of decorative arts.

Title
Pietra Dura Table with Parakeet and Other Birds, Trees, Flowers and Butterfly
Artist/creator
Production date
late 18th century-early 19th century
Medium
inlaid marble top with decorative brasswork on sides and legs
Dimensions
775 x 1350 x 810 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Norman B Spencer, 1967
Accession no
1967/19/17
Copyright
Copyright Expired
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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