The practise of cutting precious stones, valued highly since the time of the ancient Egyptians, was developed in the Roman Empire and later flourished in the Renaissance as the pietra dura technique; an incredibly complex arrangement of finely cut stones inserted in a ground of white marble. So few of these 16th century pieces survive today, that this table stands out as a true rarity. Register to visit Colnaghi’s viewing room for TEFAF Online New York 2020, to experience it in full.  

 

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