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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

1749 - 1763. Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Ebony, Jasper, Lapis lazuli, Paragone Not on display

The touchstone top is inlaid with semiprecious stones and has molded corners and a lapis-lazuli border. The inlay is of flowers and fruits with birds, insects and volutes, all created with various types of jasper, lapis lazuli, chalcedony and agate. The supports are flanked by gilded bronze cartouches with grotesque faces and are shaped like horse hooves. They are adorned with lapis-lazuli plaques. Under the top, gilded festoons join semiprecious-stone cartouches with bronze frames to the female heads that adorn the corners. These heads symbolize the four seasons and were sculpted by Giovanni Morghen. The table’s structure is of ebony and was crafted by Gaspero Donnini, who became director of the Royal Laboratory after Ghinghi died. Lluigi Poggetti’s appraisal of the queen’s quarters at the Royal Palace in 1794 indicate that this table and its companion were there at that time. Francesco Ghinghi’s letter of April 24, 1753 to Anton Francesco Gori confirms that after two tables (O00511 and O00512) were completed, the king commissioned another pair, one of which is presented here (O00466 and O00467). Made in Naples at the Real Laboratorio delle Pietre Dure between 1749 and 1763, it dates from the time when Francesco Ghinghi directed that factory, and he himself may have made the drawing and model for all of the non-figurative bronzes on both tables. According to a memo from 1749, the bronzes were cast by Ceci (Text from González-Palacios, A.: Las colecciones reales españolas de mosaicos y piedras duras, 2001, pp. 146-151).

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Inventory number
O000467
Author
Real Laboratorio delle Pietre Dure; Ghinghi, Francesco -Director-; Ceci, Giacomo
Title
Semiprecious-stone table
Date
1749 - 1763
Technique
Inlay
Medium
Agate; Gilt-bronze; Chalcedony; Ebony; Jasper; Lapis lazuli; Paragone
Dimension
Height: 92 cm.; Width: 150 cm.; Base/bottom: 105 cm.; Weight: 226.8 Kg.
Provenance
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Spinosa, Nicola, El arte de la Corte de Napoles en el siglo XVIII, Ministerio de Cultura, Madrid, 1990, pp. 227-229.

González-Palacios, Alvar, Il Gusto Dei Principi. Arte Di Corte del XVII e del XVIII Seculo, Longanesi & C, Milano, 1993, pp. nº 223-229.

González-Palacios, Alvar, Las colecciones reales españolas de mosaicos y piedras duras, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2001, pp. 146-151, nº 25.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 525.
“525. Una mesa de mosaico cuyo ta/blero tiene varias flores, frutas/ y aves, los pies y el cerco están guar/necidos de bronce dorado a molido;/ la galdera está decorada con...,/ cartones y..., los pies/ tienen la figura de una pata de/ caballo, también adornados de/ bronce dorado. Largo 5 pies, 3 pulg./ Ancho 3 pies, 9 pulg.”.

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Update date: 06-07-2019 | Registry created on 02-12-2015

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