Medici Mookaite & Pearl Necklace

£70.00
ITEM CODE: 25286
A bold necklace of freshwater pearls and garnets with mookaite, a member of the jasper family, echoing the hues of an early 17th-century Florentine table decorated with hard stone ...
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A bold necklace of freshwater pearls and garnets with mookaite, a member of the jasper family, echoing the hues of an early 17th-century Florentine table decorated with hard stone or 'pietra dura' inlay created in the Medici workshops. The Grand Dukes of Tuscany were among the earliest enthusiasts for pietra dura work, and in Florence in 1588 Grand Duke Ferdinando I de’ Medici established the Galleria dei Lavori, the first court manufacture in Europe to specialise in hardstone work. Based in the Uffizi, the Galleria dei Lavori produced pietra dura object such as cabinets, caskets and table-tops to furnish Medici residences, to adorn important public locations in Florence and to serve as diplomatic gifts.

Made exclusively for Museum Selection.
Size & Additional Information
Colour: Brown, Purple, Yellow
Gold-plated, brass, pearl, garnet mookalite
49cm, magnetic ball clasp
Clean with a soft cloth
Gift boxed
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