Maltese Pietra Dura Plaque


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Fine 19th Century Maltese pietra dura armorial plaque attributed to renowned maltese makers Joseph Darmanin & Sons. The plaque decorated with a stork upon a ribbed ledge to the centre bearing a red cross potent in its bill. The main subject surrounded by a tied garter with the motto Nemo Sine Cruce Beatus (no one is blessed without the cross). The decorative statuary inset with a cavetto edge.

Lot Notes: Joseph Darmanin & Sons were a renowned 19th century Maltese company known for their work with in pietra dura marble specialising in rounded table tops. The firm were estimated to be active from 1800 to the mid-late 1880’s. The company were awarded a price medal in the 1851 great exhibition in London with many of the companies works now residing in museums across the globe.

Lot Reference: For examples by Joseph Darmanin & Sons see Christies Sale 1113 The Opulent Eye – 500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe 14th March 2013 Lot 68 , Victoria & Albert Museum W.24:1-2003 and the Royal Collection Trust RCIN 601

Condition: Very Good-Excellent, wear consistent with age with some fretting to the edges.

Measurements: 16cm H x 12.2cm W x 2.2cm D