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PietreDure

PietreDure, or polychrome hardstone inlay resurfaced in Rome in the sixteenth century, within the context of the Italian Renaissance. Rome fell in love with the evocative power of hardstones inlaid into delicate floral panels or shining out from ovals of opalescent alabaster. From Rome, pietredure spread to Florence, where the Medici family founded a prestigious workshop in 1588, using materials such as coral, garnet, jasper and lapis lazuli. The art flourished for three centuries and other workshops were founded at the Court of Rudolf II in Prague, and the Court of Louis XIV in France, before spreading to Naples and Madrid under the Bourbons. Florentine inlay grew to become a tirelessly imaginative artistic language, capable of imbuing decorative art with the most astonishing beauty and creating masterpieces which still glow as brightly today, long after the fall of their royal patrons.

 

PietreDure, the process of setting gem stones in marble. Work begins by careful planning of designs, which is done by the “Ustad” or the master craftsman. After a design has been chosen, the “Ustad” sets the colour scheme and tonality of the design. This is followed by careful selection of raw material (like various semiprecious stones and marble), which is selected by the master. During this process special emphasis is laid on choosing various shades of semiprecious stones to give the gradation and shading to the flowers and other motifs. The selected stones are then shaped with the help of especially made emery wheels. Each part of the design is shaped individually, which requires a lot of patience. At times a single magnolia flower may have more than 100 individual pieces and may require about one week to make. Once all the stones are shaped, work passes to a different group of artisans who specialize in inlaying the stone in marble. Here grooves are cut in the marble with a help of an iron chisel. The grooves are made exactly of the same size so that the stones can fit perfectly in them. The stones are set in the grooves by special glues. This is followed by hand polishing of the marble article, which is done with the help of traditional polishing powder which is applied on the surface with a soft, moist muslin cloth.

 

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PLANNING & DESIGN

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GALLERY

INSTALLATIONS

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THE MOSAICIST DIFFERENCE

GENERATIONS OF MASTERWORKS

Variety of Masterworks

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