Marble with Precious Stone Inlay, and Georgian Mahogany Coffee Table
This table is an hybrid. The finely crafted solid mahogany base is Regency, George III, C 1815. It has been polished and re-purposed to hold the magnificent octagonal top. The top is Pietra Dure (literally: hard stone). It is late last century, hand crafted in India. The white marble panel is inlaid with flowers and arabesques in various precious stones. Some of the precious stones are malachite, lapis lazuli, and carnelian. These would have been known as "semi-precious" to our grandmothers, but the category was revoked in the 1950s. Similar tops are still available in India at about A$2000.
72 cm diameter and 62 cm tall.
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