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Unusual 19th Century Mosaic, Pietra Dura Plaque of "The Cock Fight"

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A beautiful 19 century Pietra Dura mosaic plaque of "The Cock Fight". This beautiful plaque was made utilizing the Pietra Dura technique, which uses highly polished, hand-cut colored stones which are inlay-ed with one another to create a gorgeous picture. Seen here are two beautifully decorated cocks fighting. The stones used are exceptionally polished and include lapis lazuli, red jasper, yellow Sienna marble, Suleiman agate, amethyst, black Belgium marble, and many others. Sir Gilbert, a predominate collector of these pieces, has an extensive collection which on display in the Museum. Italy, circa 1870 Pietre Dore is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly polished colored stones to create images. It is considered a decorative art. It was the passion of the Medici for this precious form of art that led Grand Duke Ferdinando I de'Medici to establish in 1588 a court laboratory specialized in semi-precious mosaics and inlays. This grand ducal institution, which remained active for down three centuries, was the core of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, established at the end of the 19th century, which still has its seat in the original location chosen in 1798 for the laboratories formerly housed in the Uffizi.

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