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21st Century Art Pietra Dura Inlay Serpentine Marble Resin Semi Precious White

$5,407

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The Reidi Collection takes its name from the Persian word for the poppy flower - marrying traditional craft techniques with contemporary design and innovative application. The motif, inlaid on white marble, combines the 16th century Italian stone inlay technique of Pietra Dura with the Chinese Silver Cloisonné craft of outlining parts with metal strips, a signature detail developed at the Lél workshop over two decades. These are handmade from semiprecious stone and marble in a small artisanal workshop. Please note that variations and slight imperfections are part of its design and unique charm. Lél is a women-led artistic collective based in Peshawar, Pakistan dedicated to preserving and re-interpreting the 16th century Italian and Mughal art of Pietra Dura. Lél's work may very well represent the gray space between fine art, contemporary design and craft - a special area of interest for museum collections and collectors worldwide. The art of pietra dura, or stone inlay ? also referred to as parchin kari in South Asia ? originated out of the ancient Roman opus sectile technique, later finding not only its revival but also reaching its highest pinnacle of development in the hands of the Florentines during the Italian Renaissance of the 16th century. To them, this act of the meticulous cutting and fitting of stones into intricate and exquisite forms was synonymous with the act of painting ? ‘painting in stone’. Within the century, pietra dura would find its spread extending to Russia, Iran and across the South Asian region, into Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, under the patronage of the Mughals. Founded by Farhana Asad in Peshawar three decades ago, the Lél artist collective has opened its doors to both local craftsmen and master artisans escaping the war in Afghanistan. The Lél Collective has participated at the London Design Biennale, London Design Fair, Design Miami and Salone del Mobile, Milan and featured in leading art and design publications.

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