• Small Table

    Technique:
    brode technique, turned and decorated with inlay
    Dimensions:
    77x76x58 cm

Small Table

Italy, 1730s

This table, an acknowledged masterpiece among the Western European furniture in the Hermitage, is faced with sheets of tortoise-shell and richly embellished with inlaid mother-of-pearl and an extremely fine pattern of gold. The tables is the work of Gennaro Sarao, a celebrated Neapolitan craftsman of the second quarter of the 18th century, as is evidenced by the monogram incorporated into the complex pattern of the border of the table-top. Sarao fulfilled royal commissions in the period between 1730 and 1770. The decoration of the table was made in the piqué technique, which consists of pressing gold or silver wire into heated tortoise-shell. The Chinese motifs employed in the decoration were fashionable in Europe in the early 18th century.

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Small Table

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Technique:

brode technique, turned and decorated with inlay

Dimensions:

77x76x58 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1933; handed over from the former Museum of the Decorative and Applied Arts (the Central School of Technical Drawing of Baron A. L. Shtieglitz); purchased from the antique dealer Goldschmidt, Frankfurt on the Main, 1866

Inventory Number:

Эпр-5706

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