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Semiprecious-stone table
Amethyst, Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony wood, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1738 - 1749
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure
Semiprecious-stone table
Amethyst, Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony wood, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1738 - 1749
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure

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 cart

Semiprecious-stone table
Amethyst, Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony wood, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1738 - 1749
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure
Semiprecious-stone table
Amethyst, Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony wood, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1738 - 1749
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure

This is one of the first works made in the workshops which the Bourbon monarch Charles, future King of Spain, founded in Naples in 1737, employing Florentine craftsmen and directed by Francesco Ghinghi. The King and Queen were so pleased with this table that they commissioned a companion piece. The top is richly decorated with inlay of different hardstones, carefully chosen to imitate the effects

Semiprecious-stone table
Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony wood, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1749 - 1763
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure
Semiprecious-stone table
Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony wood, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1749 - 1763
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure

This tabletop forms a pair with O00467. Both were made at the Royal Manufactory founded by Charles III in Naples in 1737. This piece of ebony furniture made by Gaspero Donnini has heads carved by Giovanni Morghen at its four corners. They allude to the four seasons. The legs end in horse´s hooves as part of an elegant naturalist décor, which is repeated in the decoration of the top, with ab

Semiprecious-stone table
Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony wood, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1749 - 1763
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure
Semiprecious-stone table
Agate, Gilt-bronze, Chalcedony, Paragone, Ebony wood, Jasper, Lapis lazuli. 1749 - 1763
Ghinghi, Francesco; Ceci, Giacomo; Real Laboratorio Delle Pietre Dure

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

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