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    Sale 5201

    Style & Spirit

    27 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 358

    A PAIR OF GILT-BRASS PIETRA DURA MOUNTED AND DECORATED TWO TIER ETAGERES

    THE TABLES SECOND HALF 20TH CENTURY, THE PIETRA DURA 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GILT-BRASS PIETRA DURA MOUNTED AND DECORATED TWO TIER ETAGERES
    THE TABLES SECOND HALF 20TH CENTURY, THE PIETRA DURA 19TH CENTURY
    Each with brown bordered sky blue panels, the lower tier inset with a pietra dura panel, one representing a man playing a flute the other a drum
    23in. (58.5cm.) high; 14in. (36cm.) wide; 11½in. (32cm.) deep (2)


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    The images of dwarfs represented here are taken from designs by Baccio del Bianco (1604-54) and Jacques Callot (1592/3-1635). The former worked extensively in the Medici court on furniture, mosaics and interiors, while Callot's celebrated series of engravings Varie figure Gobbi di lacopo Callot fatto in Firenza Ianno 1616, shows a 16th century travelling troupe of performing dwarfs who were at the court of Cosimo II at the same time as Callot.

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