Pietra dura


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Pi`e´tra du´ra


1.(Fine Arts) Hard and fine stones in general, such as are used for inlay and the like, as distinguished from the softer stones used in building; thus, a Florentine mosaic is a familiar instance of work in pietra dura, though the ground may be soft marble.
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Influence by Islamic art, Maliha's collection was a tribute to the masterpieces of the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires with the design ethos ranging from the pietra dura mosaics of Mughal architecture to the illuminations that decorate ancient Quranic scripts and opulent particular collection titled the "Three Empires" exhibited successfully in Dubai and Lahore.
Channel the Taj Mahal's gardens with a table of Pietra Dura inlaid marble handcrafted in India with surprising contemporary flair ($975).
A timely update came the way of the stud's Pivotal filly out of the Listed-placed Pietra Dura (506) when her sister, Turning Top, ran second in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Hollywood Park on Saturday.
An 18ct gold snuff box with a purple enamel lid, London 1825, made pounds 4,100, with a tortoiseshell patch box, the lid inset with a pietra dura scene of doves around a bird bath going at pounds 3,400, while a gold reliquary crucifix, set with rubies and garnets and with a hinged compartment sold well above expectation at pounds 2,650.
Indeed, the cabinet is cosmopolitan too: its pietra dura panels of Orpheus with the lyre charming the animals undoubtedly came from the Grand Ducal workshop in Florence, and the cabinetmaker to the king was Domenico Cucci.
In the tomb chamber, the white marble dados and the cenotaphs of Shah Jahan and his wife are covered in pietra dura flowers of blue lapis lazuli, red jasper, greenish jade and quartz, yellow marble and many other coloured stones to create ravishing friezes of flowers.
Sent to the front with a furlong and a half to race, Fionns Folly held the late surge of Pietra Dura to record her first success.
Lahinch, Maryinsky, Pietra Dura and Quarter Moon all hold entries, but seem unlikely to turn out after running at Newmarket last Saturday.
O'Brien will be four-handed with Lahinch, Maryinsky, Quarter Moon and Pietra Dura.
Impressive newcomer Sorcerous, who cost two million guineas at the Newmarket sales last autumn, starred in a stunning O'Brien fourtimer at Leopardstown that also saw victories for Pietra Dura, Stonemason and stable pacemaker Ice Dancer.
Easy Sunshine takes a significant drop in trip in the Castlemartin Stud Fillies Maiden and should reverse earlier form with Pietra Dura.
It includes examples of museum quality tops made of silver, fossilized wood, pietra dura, Roman mosaic and porcelain.