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  • n. Plural form of hardstone.


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  • From the Renaissance through the 19th century, the term also referred to extravagant furniture, objêts d'art and architectural settings incorporating colored hardstones painstakingly cut, sliced, polished and intricately set into beautiful designs.

    Intricate Objects, From

  • Moreover, while the hues of paintings or wood-inlay cabinetry usually fade over time, the colors of these inorganic hardstones remain fresh and vivid.

    Intricate Objects, From

  • And there are illuminating examples of numerous types of hardstone in their natural and polished states, as well as a complete 18th-century series of gold-mounted snuff-boxes in different hardstones.

    Intricate Objects, From

  • Design by Giovanni Battista Foggini Lapis lazuli, jasper, agate, chalcedony and other hardstones, marble and slate, oak and ebony frame with gilded bronze mounts with semiprecious stones

    Royal Treasures at the Met

  • Design by Giovanni Battista Foggini; original lapidary work probably by Giuseppe Antonio Torricelli (some panels replaced in 1836); cabinetry by Adam Suster Ebony hardstones, gilded bronze, mother-of-pearl, rock crystal

    Royal Treasures at the Met

  • Ebony and other exotic woods on an oak and poplar carcass with marbles and hardstones

    Royal Treasures at the Met

  • Ebony and hardstones, gilded bronze statuettes and mounts

    Royal Treasures at the Met

  • The Stirn Collection adds the important dimension of precious and semi-precious hardstones, which are currently under-represented in the CMA's collection.



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