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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

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
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

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