The table top belongs to the same school as a group of marquetry objects attributed to a Venetian workshop by Alvar Gonzàles-Palacios, clearly influenced by Ottoman designs. A close comparison can be made between the present example and a table top in Gonzàles-Palacios' Il Tempo del Gusto, (no.695, illus.696) with its use of mother-of-pearl portrait medallions, and in the urns which hold the stylized scrolling foliage. The table top would originally have been supported by a trestle, as in the Gonzàles-Palacios example, and would have been easily transportable.
Previous to Gonzàles-Palacios' Venetian attribution these marquetry table-tops were traditionally called south German, and were believed to have been created by gunstock makers. However, the use of walnut would point to an Italian source.
Gonzàles-Palacios, vol.II, pp.307-9
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