TABLE CROSS IN PIETRE DURE
Ebony wood, semiprecious stone inlays with gilded bronze parts.
This important liturgical piece of furniture, decorated with semiprecious stone inlays (‘pietre dure’), consists of a basis of architectural forms, with the central body, gabled and connected to the lower side elements with volutes, on which the actual cross is placed.
The crucified Christ above is mourned by the Madonna, Saint John the Evangelist a by a couple of angels, all of whom are in gilded bronze. Additional inserts enrich the work, such as a Veronica with the effigy of God, the dove of the Holy Spirit, old-fashioned lion heads, as well as the precious ends of the cross’ arms, richly elaborated with a mannerist style, containing within them the cherub heads.
Florence, beginning of the 17h century
height 107 cm