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Semiprecious-stone table
Real Laboratorio delle Pietre Dure; Ghinghi, Francesco -Director-; Ceci, Giacomo
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Real Laboratorio delle Pietre Dure
Naples (Italy), 1737 - Naples (Italy), 1861
Ghinghi, Francesco
Florence, 1689 - Naples, 1762
Ceci, Giacomo

Semiprecious-stone table

1738 - 1749. Agate, Amethyst, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Ebony, Jasper, Lapis lazuli, Paragone Not on display

The top of this rectangular table is inlaid with semiprecious stones on a touchstone background. Its chalcedony volutes are framed by interlaced flowers, fruit and leaves with birds and butterflies, all rendered in various types of jasper, amethyst and agate. An empty space at the center is occupied solely by a pearl necklace with a lapis-lazuli ribbon. The gilded bronze edge has asymmetrical cartouches at the corners, hanging over the high ebony skirting whose sides have similar cartouches with lapis-lazuli plaques. The triangular feet have lapis-lazuli plaques and gilded bronze festoons with semiprecious-stone fruit. This work shows a certain renovation of the conception of bronze finishes that lies between the baroque and rococo styles. It was gilded by bronze worker Giacomo Ceci, who also made its bronze adornments. Made in Naples at the Real Laboratorio delle Pietre Dure under the direction of Francesco Ghingi it is dated between 1738 and 1749 in a memorandum from the Marquis of Acciajoli to Fogliani dated October 26, 1749, and a letter from Francesco Ghingi to Anton Francesco Gori dated April 24, 1753. The finished table was presented to the monarchs, and so pleased the king that he commissioned another to accompany it (O00512) (Text from González-Palacios, A.: Las colecciones reales españolas de mosaicos y piedras duras, 2001, pp. 140-145).

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Inventory number
O000511
Author
Real Laboratorio delle Pietre Dure; Ghinghi, Francesco -Director-; Ceci, Giacomo
Title
Semiprecious-stone table
Date
1738 - 1749
Technique
Inlay
Medium
Agate; Amethyst; Gilt-bronze; Chalcedony; Ebony; Jasper; Lapis lazuli; Paragone
Dimension
Height: 85 cm.; Width: 111 cm.; Base/bottom: 78 cm.
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

González-Palacios, A, The Laboratorio delle Pietre Dure in Naples: 1738-1805, The Connoisseur, 1977, pp. 119-129.

González-Palacios, A, Un' autobiografia di Francesco Ghinghi (1689-1762), Antologia di Belle Arti, I, 1977, pp. 271-281.

González-Palacios, A, 'Il Laboratorio delle Pietre Dure dal 1737 al 1805' En: Le Arti Figurative a Napoli Nel Settecento. Documento e Ricerche., Societa Editrice Napoletana, 1979, pp. 80, fig. 36-38.

González-Palacios, A, Civiltà del 700 a Napoli: 1734-1799, vol. II, Centro Di, 1980, pp. 170-181 n.42.

González-Palacios, A., Mosaici e pietre dure. Mosaici a piccole tessere. Pietre Dure a Parigi e a Napoli, Milan, 1981, pp. 52-58.

Itinerario italiano de un monarca español: Carlos III en Italia., Francisco J. Rocha], Madrid, 1989, pp. 154-155 n.37-38.

González-Palacios, A, 'Mesa. Francesco Ghinghi' En:, El arte de la Corte de Napoles en el siglo XVIII, Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 1990, pp. 225-227 n.3.

González-Palacios, Alvar, Las colecciones reales españolas de mosaicos y piedras duras, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 140-145, nº 24.

Giusti, P, 'Le Manifatture Reali. Il Real Laboratorio delle Pietre Dure' En:, I Borboni di Napoli, 2009, pp. 405.

Confalone, Maia, 'Mesa. Real Laboratorio de piedras duras, Nápoles'. En:, Carlos III entre Nápoles y España, Embajada de Italia en España Endesa, 2009, pp. 76-77 n.20.

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Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 169.
''169. Mesa de figura cuadrilátera, cu/yos tableros son de mosaico de pie/dras duras de Florencia; tiene su cerco/ dorado de bronce con sus cantóneras en/ los ángulos de cartones y hojarascas,/ en la gualdera tiene cuatro golpes (?)/ adornos, y en el centro estos unas/ piedras duras; los ángulos y los pies/ son de ébano con enbutidos de lapiz-/lázuli y adornos dorados con frutas/ de piedras duras en los festones./ Largo 3 pies, 6 pulg.; ancho 2 pies, 6 pulg.”

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