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Wonderful & Unusual 1940s Italian Painted Faux Pietra Dura Dining Table / Console Tables

A very interesting and useful mid 20th century Italian painted Pietra Dura dining table / console tables , with folding leaves , that can be converted into two console tables, two small round tables , one round table ( without the middle leaf ) or a large dining table.
Hand painted to simulate pietra dura , with birds , fruits , flowers and butterflies.
This unusual table will make a statement in most settings.

Pietra dura, (Italian: “hard stone”), in mosaic, any of several kinds of hard stone used in commesso mosaic work, an art that flourished in Florence particularly in the late 16th and 17th centuries and involved the fashioning of highly illusionistic pictures out of cut-to-shape pieces of coloured stone. The resulting decorative mosaics were used primarily for tabletops and small wall panels.

The term pietra dura signifies the requisite hardness and durability of the materials used in this work, officially describing those stones that fall between the 6th and 10th degrees of the Mohs scale of hardness—that is, between feldspar and diamond. The most commonly used of these hard stones were quartzes, chalcedonies, agates, jaspers, granites, porphyries, and petrified woods, all of which are variable in hue and together provide an almost limitless range of colour. Lapis lazuli, a semihard stone of brilliant blue, was the only stone regularly used in commesso work that does not fall into the pietra dura classification.

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Italy Circa 1940s


Dining table : 252.5cm Length ( fully extended ) x 111cm Width x 81cm Height x 67cm Height ( knee height ), As Console tables : 111cm Width x 81cm Height x 56cm Deep, As pair of small folding tables : 112cm Diameter x 79cm Height

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