Antique Pietra Dura Plaque of a Cellist
Florence, Italy, c. 1905
Signed G Montelatici
This is an exquisite antique pietra dura plaque of a cellist, signed by Giovanni Montelatici. The quality of this plaque is truly first-class. Note the excellent use of lapis in his trousers, and the minute attention to detail on the button of his coat, both of which contrast beautifully with the smooth creamy coloured stones of his stockings and the cello. The frame is later but suits it beautifully.
This subject was popular at the time, but this plaque really is a class apart from most other versions you may find. Really quite special.