Superb Russian Malachite and Pietra Dura Plinths

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The exquisite art of pietra dura is at its absolute finest in this spectacular pair of Russian ormolu and malachite plinths. True works of art of the Restauration period, these plinths each feature a matching pietra dura mosaic crafted of the finest stones, all chosen to create a sense of depth and dimensionality in the final work. Depicting an onyx vase with tulips, roses, daffodils, magnolia and other flowers, these pietra dura panels are among the finest examples of this ancient art we have seen.

A similar plinth is in the Gilbert collection, illustrated in The Art of Mosaics, Selections from the Gilbert Collection by A. González-Palacios et al. A related pair of malachite plinths supporting candelabra is illustrated in Malachite by V.B. Seyonor.

Provenance:
Collection of the Cholmondeley Family and Sir Philip Sassoon, Bt., at Houghton.
Christie’s, London.
Details
In the Style Of
Other
Place of Origin
Russia
Date of Manufacture
circa 1825
Period
19th Century
Materials and Techniques
Malachite
Onyx
Condition
Excellent
Dimensions
11.25 in. H x 6.75 in. W x 7.25 in. D
29 cm H x 17 cm W x 18 cm D
Dealer Location
New Orleans, LA
Number of Items
2
Reference Number
U100419891112
About The Seller
Address
M.S. Rau Antiques
630 Royal St.
New Orleans LA 70130
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(888) 986-0322
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