We cheerfully present the latest iteration of our marbled paper specimen trays, now crafted in wood rather than book boards. Parvum Opus was conceived as a studio for creating objects that exist at the confluence of art, craft and design, and this series of works is a vibrant expression of that pursuit.
Similar in proportion to our previous trays, these new pieces are handcrafted using fine architectural modeler's wood. Each tray is unique, with artistically composed patterns of meticulously hand-cut specimens of marbled paper from at least three continents arranged on a backdrop of fine Italian Vein patterned paper created especially for this project by master marbler, Renato Crepaldi. They feature charming brass ball feet, and to extend their functional possibilities, we've had each one fitted with a heavy protective plexiglass liner.
This collection is inspired by the intricately inlaid specimen marble souvenirs of the Grand Tour era, when lucky, curious minds ventured out into the world in search of art, culture and enlightenment. The treasured pieces they brought home were not only happy reminders of their experiences, but also objects that would inspire a lifetime of contemplation and study. We aspire to create pieces that will similarly bring a spark of creativity and curiosity into your home.
An edition of 8 is available, each sold individually. Sold out? Contact us to commission a similar piece.
Specimen Tray Nº 1, Pebble Mosaic on Blue
- 8-1/8" long, 4-3/8" wide, 1-1/2" deep, exterior dimensions
- 7-3/4" long, 4" wide, 5/8" deep, interior dimensions
- 1/2" diameter solid brass ball feet
- removable 1/8" thick plexiglass liner