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    Sale 7663

    Fasque The Scottish Seat of the Gladstones

    7 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 166

    FERDINANDO POGLIANI (1832-1899) - BINDER

    COMITATO PROMOTORE FRA GLI STUDENTI DEGLI ISTITUTI SUPERIORI DI MILANO. [MILAN, LATE 19TH-CENTURY]

    Price Realised  

    FERDINANDO POGLIANI (1832-1899) - BINDER
    Comitato Promotore Fra Gli Studenti Degli Istituti Superiori di Milano. [Milan, late 19th-century]
    Title printed in red and black, half-titles on interleaved tissue guards and 121 leaves of signatures in manuscript within full printed borders with arabesque decoration on a gold ground after Giuseppe Pogliani (occasional very light unobtrusive spotting). PRESENTATION BINDING FOR WILLIAM GLADSTONE, with leather-backed boards, the ebonised and ivory cruciform upper cover centered with oval cartouche inscribed 'A William Gladstone Gli Studenti Italiani' surrounded by putti, floral and foliate shaped cornerpieces with similar decoration at intervals, two horizontal bands with inlaid scrolling foliage with reversed shape cartouches similarly decorated, stiff-leaf border, signed lower left 'Ferd. Pogliani Ebanista Milan', the lower cover of ebonised ground inlaid with ivory with central shaped cartouche and foliate cornerpieces, filigree metal clasps and catches, red silk liners, gilt edges (cracks and some losses of ivory to borders and lower cover, one clasp lacking, the other bent, liners frayed at edges).
    Folio (525 x 415mm)


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    A rare example of a fine binding by the leading cabinet-maker in Milan at the turn of the 19th century. Active in Milan from 1854, Pogliani's skill in producing elegant ebony and ivory inlaid furniture met with widespread acclaim, his work winning numerous medals at international exhibitions. William Gladstone had a long and close association with Italy and his academic career and scholarship was recognised by the University of Bologna in 1888 with the award of an honorary degree. The principal universities and institutes throughout Italy are represented here, including Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Rome and Venice.

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