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Marine View
Hardstone. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Marine View
Hardstone. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

Cuadro de piedras duras, seguramente realizado en los últimos años de actividad del Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro (1762-1808), bajo la dirección de Luis Poggetti. Este y otros cinco cuadros más aparecen citados en la Testamentaría de Fernando VII de 1834 y en el inventario manuscrito del Prado de 1857. En una serie de documentos de 1811 se mencionan los cincos cuadros de mosaic

Landscape with the Ruins of a Temple
Hardstone. 1762 - 1808
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Landscape with the Ruins of a Temple
Hardstone. 1762 - 1808
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

This hardstone panel was made in the Real Laboratorio del Buen Retiro, a manufactory founded by Charles III in Madrid in 1762. Employing specialists summoned from Naples, where the King had established a similar institution, it was active until 1808. This example seems to date from the last years of the Madrid manufactory’s activity.

The Grotto at Posillipo in Naples
Hardstone. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
The Grotto at Posillipo in Naples
Hardstone. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

This mosaic was made at the Royal Laboratory of Gemstones of the Buen Retiro. Made using a sophisticated technique of hardstone inlay, this tabletop is based on a painting by Gaspare Vanvitelli in the Museo del Prado (P-2463). It depicts a place particularly popular with 18th-century travellers; an impressive Roman tunnel near Naples, excavated from the rock and located next to the columbarium hou

Landscape with a Horse
Hardstone. 1762 - 1808
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Landscape with a Horse
Hardstone. 1762 - 1808
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

The models that inspired this work and its pair (O510) are not easy to identify. They may be based on prints after 17th-century Dutch paintings, in this case works by artists who travelled in Italy, such as Nicolaes Berchem (1620-1683). This panel may date from the final years of the Real Laboratorio’s activity.

Autumn Landscape
Hardstone. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro
Autumn Landscape
Hardstone. 1766 - 1800
Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro

Cuadro de piedras duras, seguramente realizado en los últimos años de actividad del Real Laboratorio de Piedras Duras del Buen Retiro (1762-1808), bajo la dirección de Luis Poggetti. Este y otros cinco cuadros más aparecen citados en la Testamentaría de Fernando VII de 1834 y en el inventario manuscrito del Prado de 1857. En una serie de documentos de 1811 se mencionan los cincos cuadros de mosaic

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