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Nicholas Wells Antiques is privileged to unveil a transcendent masterpiece of the 19th century Italian craftsmanship: a Magnificent Specimen Pietra Dura Table Top attributed to the illustrious Giacomo Raffaelli, resplendently paired with a carved Rosewood Centre Table bearing the esteemed hallmark of Gillows. This table, a paragon of fine artistry and opulent design, represents an interlacing of prestigious provenance and unparalleled skill.

The Pietra Dura Table Top, a canvas of solid Portoro marble, comes alive with an inlay of three hundred and seventy-three specimens of the most exquisite hardstones. This includes agates, jaspers, and a selection of semi-precious stones, each piece meticulously placed with the utmost precision to celebrate the radiance of natural minerals. The variety boasts the richness of Lapis Lazuli, the deep purples of Amethyst, the earthy veins of Malachite, the fiery hues of Carnelian, and many more, culminating in a symphony of natural beauty.

At its foundation, the table’s base—crafted from and veneered in the sumptuously coloured Rosewood—is a testament to the superior workmanship of Gillows. The base’s carving, with its elegant contours and stately presence, provides a sturdy yet graceful support to the magnificent tableau above.

Giacomo Raffaelli, a maestro born into a venerable lineage of glass manufacturers, emerged as a pioneer, his renown as a glass mosaicist only rivaled by his acumen as a lapidary artist. His creations exuded innovation, his mastery over micromosaics earning him not just acclaim but also placing him at the forefront of the objets d’art realm. It was this relentless pursuit of perfection and a fascination with the minerals that led to the commission by George Clavering-Cowper, 3rd Earl Cowper, foreshadowing the magnificence of the work we present today.

The table top embodies the zenith of Roman Neoclassicism, each chosen specimen a deliberate nod to the intellectual rigour and artistic vitality of the era. The materials reflect a collection akin to that of Faustino Corsi, a contemporaneous connoisseur of stones whose catalog of ancient marbles inspired an epoch of such ornate creations.

It was Raffaelli’s audacious quest for the unique and obscure that set his works apart, crafting collections of such singularity that they transcended the traditional offerings cherished by Grand Tour aficionados. The resulting design, with its rare specimens and intricate patterns, elevates this top to the epitome of museum quality—a genuine rarity in the realm of inlaid workmanship.

This museum-quality piece, measuring approximately 30 inches in height and 39.5 inches in diameter, invites a discerning eye to appreciate its historic significance and the impeccable intricacy that defines it as the finest specimen of inlaid artistry one may ever encounter. It is with great pride that Nicholas Wells Antiques presents this historical artifact, an enduring tribute to the legacy of Giacomo Raffaelli and the unparalleled craftsmanship of an era rich in aesthetic grandeur and artisanal excellence.

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Specimen Marble and Rosewood Centre Table

Stock Number: 93398

One of the most important early nineteenth century specimen hardstone table tops ever created, with 373 specimens, mounted on a beautifully made base by Gillow.
  • Height : 76 cm (30 inches)
  • Diameter: 100 cm (39.5 inches)

£75,000

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  • Height : 76 cm (30 inches)
  • Diameter: 100 cm (39.5 inches)

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