Circular scagliola tray *, neoclassical decoration of a frieze of palmettes and a zither player with a red background in imitation of ancient vases *.
Beautiful state of conservation.
Italian work of the late 18th century early 19th century.
Diameter: 60 cm
* The scagliola (from the Italian scaglia, "tortoise shell" or "marble chip") was widely used during the Renaissance by Italian artisans as a substitute for rare and expensive marbles.
This spectacular decorative technique, already used by the Egyptians, the Greeks and the Romans imitates marble and hard stone marquetry so perfectly that it can deceive specialists, its smooth and shiny appearance is worthy of the most prestigious marbles .
For its implementation, a mixture of gypsum, glue and pigments is used which once kneaded forms a colored stucco paste. After hardening and before polishing, the decoration is engraved with a dry point to bring out the details.
Very fashionable from the 17th to the 19th century throughout Europe, it was used in architecture to create columns, pilasters, wall decorations, superb floors and also in furniture with the creation of very ornate trays to decorate consoles, tables and pedestal tables and various pieces of furniture.
* Ancient vases: The decoration of our pedestal table is directly inspired by the attic vases known as "with red figures".
Red-figure ceramic is a type of ancient Greek ceramic, in which the motif is painted red on a black background. It developed in Athens and its region from 530 BC. AD
Even if this technique is essentially Athenian, it spreads, starting from Greece, then propagates in Magna-Greece, where the precursor was the painter of Pisticci, which initiates the production of Lucanian ceramics with red figures. We then speak of Italian ceramic, a term which designates all of the red-figure productions carried out in the Greek colonies of southern Italy (Apulia, Campania, Lucania and Paestum). Apulia red-figure ceramics flourished between 430 and 300 BC. We also find the red figure in Etruria and then in Rome.