Table, lapis-lazuli, agate and hardstones within a within a Siena marble and Egyptian porphyry border on a black Belgian marble ground with gilt-bronze metal mounts and base, made in Florence, Italy, about 1850-1900.
Detailed depictions, in multicoloured hardstones, of flowers and ornaments on black marble backgrounds, were particularly popular for table tops made in Florence in the second half of the 19th century. A number of artists operated workshops across Florence including Enrico Bosi (fl. 1850-1865) and ‘F. Scappini’ who specialised in producing decoration in the Neo Baroque style. The motif in the centre is the symbol of the City of Florence - a fleur de lis or giglio with stamens between the petals.
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