Antique black marble Italian pietra dura paperweight. Circa 1890s. Beautiful inlay of a white jasmine flowers. Minor imperfections due to age and use.
Pietra Dura is a term for the inlay technique of using cut and fitted, highly-polished colored stones to create images. The technique first appeared in Rome in the 16th century, reaching its full maturity in Florence.
Dimensions: (overall set) 5.75" L x 4.5" W x .75" H