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The Annunciation

Pietre dure, marble and gilt bronze wall plaque, ebony and gilt bronze frame

28 x 31 cm
first quarter of the eighteenth century



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This octagonal plaque, on a black marble ground, encloses two oval reliefs of half length profiles of the Madonna and the Angel made in pietre dure which are surrounded by  hard stone cabochons, gilded bronze cartouches, hard stone flowers, leaves and branches in relief.  Surmounting the plaque is the original gilt bronze hanger.


RELATED LITERATURE

A. M. Giusti, Pietre dure. L’arte europea del mosaico negli arredi e nelle decorazioni dal 1500 al 1800, Turin 1992; A. M. Giusti, edited by, Splendori di pietre dure. L’arte di Corte nella Firenze dei Granduchi, Florence 1989; A. González-Palacios, Mosaici e pietre dure, II, (Firenze - Paesi Germanici - Madrid), Milan 1981; A. González-Palacios, Il tempio del gusto. Le arti decorative in Italia tra classicismi e barocco. Il Granducato di Toscana e gli Stati settentrionali, Milano, 1986; A. González-Palacios, edited by, Las collecciones reales espanolas de mosaicos y piedras duras, Madrid 2001.