Carved and gilt wood; top in inlay work with semi-precious stones.
The elegance of this table is accentuated by the top in Florentine inlay work with semi-precious stones featuring a colourful floral motif set against a background in Belgian black marble.
The graceful lines of the flower shoot, innovative with respect to the customary garlands and more traditional compositions, seem to reflect the new trends of the nascent Art Nouveau style introduced by the last director of productions of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Edoardo Marchionni (see L’Opificio delle Pietre Dure nell’Italia unita, catalogue of the exhibition curated by Annamaria Giusti, Livorno, 2011, in particular cat. 50, pp. 171).
The band below the top is decorated with a continuous motif with concatenated festoons and rosettes within rectangular fields. The legs are furrowed downward-tapering columns, topped by leaf-motif decorations, grafted into Ionian-style capitals.
Florence, late 19th century