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Antique Pietra Dura Plaque of a Musketeer


Florence, Italy, c. 1890

A nice, small antique pietra dura plaque depicting a musketeer on a black marble base using a variety of other coloured marbles along with lapis lazuli, sard and chalcedony in his outfit. The bright blue of his cape and the orange of his jerkin create a striking contrast with the dark background – he certainly cuts a dash.

The frame is later but works well with the piece. Note there is a small chip to the black marble on the right hand side of the piece which, whilst just about visible in the image, does not intrude too much on the piece overall.


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Plaque Size:
Width:
5" / 13cm
 
Height:
9 3/4"/ 24.5cm
Frame Size:
Width:
9 1/4"/ 23.5cm
  Height:
13 3/4" / 35cm


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Antique pietra dura plaque of a young courtier