Antique 18k Etruscan Revival Floral Pietra Dura Bracelet
Details: An exquisite 18k Etruscan Revival Pietra Dura bracelet with a fabulous oval floral motif center plaque. The lovely carved stone Commesso, or Florentine mosaic, features two pale pink roses with perfectly rendered leaves carefully inlaid into a moody black stone background. The plaque is surrounded by a gorgeously detailed frame and shoulders that display fine granulation in classical Etruscan patterns. This bangle is wearable, in very good condition and closes with a satisfying snap. This is a true treasure and a highly collectable example of Pietra Dura.
Pietra Dura literally translates to "hard stone" in Italian, but also refers to the artistic practice of inlaying stone, grooved in the back, into a hard surface to create scenic treasures. While mosaics are usually immediately identifiable as tiny separate pieces within a design, Pietra Dura often requires a closer look. The stone work is done in larger pieces with precise skill and carefully fitted together. Pietra Dura pieces often appear at first glance to be paintings. The high quality craftsmanship and skill that is required to create these pieces renders it more valuable than other mosaic work.
Measurement: The interior circumference is 6.5". The face is 1 1/2" tall by 1 3/8" wide. It is meant to fit snug on the wrist so the plaque stays upright.
Origin: We believe this Pietra Dura bracelet was most likely fabricated in Florence in the later half of the 19th century. Much of the best Pietra Dura pieces came from there. There are no hallmarks and it's probable that this exceptional work was a direct commission from a master jeweler.
Originating from the 18th century to the late 20th century, Metier’s estate jewelry collection is culled from sources around the world with a discerning eye. We feature highly coveted and collectable pieces of singular beauty that are rich with history and lost-art forms of craftsmanship that are precious beyond the materials that embody them.
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