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Sicilian Jasper

Sicilian Jasper is a type of chalcedony that is found in the region of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. It is a sedimentary rock that is made up of various minerals and materials that have been compacted and cemented together over time. In the 18th century, Sicilian Jasper was highly prized for its beauty and was used extensively in the decorative arts, particularly in the form of specimen marble tabletops.

Sicilian Jasper Italian Pietra Dura Centre Table Francesco Sibilio
Sicilian Jasper Italian Pietra Dura Centre Table Francesco Sibilio

Specimen marble is a type of decorative marble that is made up of carefully selected pieces of various types of stone, including jasper, agate, malachite, and other rare and exclusive decorative minerals. The pieces are arranged in a decorative pattern and then cut into thin slices, which are then used to create decorative objects such as tabletops, fireplace surrounds, and other decorative elements.

Francesco Sibilio was an Italian sculptor and decorative artist who worked in Naples in the 18th century. He was known for his work in specimen marble, and Sicilian Jasper was one of the materials that he used extensively in his work.

Sibilio’s work in specimen marble was highly sought after by the aristocracy and wealthy patrons of his time, and he was commissioned to create decorative objects for many important palaces and estates throughout Italy. His work in Sicilian Jasper and other materials was characterized by its intricate designs and meticulous attention to detail, and he was considered one of the most talented artists of his time.

Today, Sicilian Jasper continues to be prized for its beauty and is used in a variety of decorative applications, including in the creation of jewelry, sculpture, and other decorative objects. The legacy of Francesco Sibilio and his work in specimen marble continues to inspire artists and artisans to this day, and his work remains an important part of the decorative arts tradition in Italy and around the world.

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