Paesina Stone for its singular and rare drawings and its chromatic variants, until the 16th was used not only in Florence, but also in other locations, in inlays for furniture, drawers but also in other pieces of furnishings and fittings, in the decoration of ambiences and in the production of furnishings that were cited for the first time only in 1664 by Prof. Athanasius Kircher, a German nobleman who described them not only in their scientific aspect, but rather in their aesthetic. He in fact had noted on the linings of the altar of S. Sebastian in Rome, some strange marble with figures similar to a city in ruins. This marble “ruiniform” came from Florence where it was extracted in great secrecy in some areas.
From the 17th century the decorative use of Paesina Stone spread also in France, England and Germany; where it was in fact considered, also for its rarity an ornament among those which were the most precious and therefore very much sought after and in great demand in the Royal courts of the era.
Many pieces were realized, some unfortunately, have not survived in time and above all the warlike events of the 1900’s.
As regard the Paesina Stone used for the decorations in almost the entirety of the cases, the stones come from the Florentine area of which we are able to recognize the location of the extraction and absolutely where the vein is located.
Anyone who would be interested to have greater information or even to find stones of the same type as those ancient stones (restorers of historical furniture or artistic works) may contact us.
In this section we have collected some photographic testimonies.