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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.
- Pietra Dura Table with Parakeet and Other Birds, Trees, Flowers and Butterfly
- Production date
- late 18th century-early 19th century
- inlaid marble top with decorative brasswork on sides and legs
- 775 x 1350 x 810 mm
- Credit line
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Norman B Spencer, 1967
- Accession no
- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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