• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 7784

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe

    10 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 870

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN GILTWOOD MIRRORS AND CONSOLE TABLES

    LUCCA, LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE MATCHED PAIR OF CONSOLE TABLES ASSOCIATED

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF ITALIAN GILTWOOD MIRRORS AND CONSOLE TABLES
    LUCCA, LATE 18TH CENTURY, THE MATCHED PAIR OF CONSOLE TABLES ASSOCIATED
    Each mirror with a rectangular divided plate within a moulded surround, surmounted by a classical urn issuing fruiting foliage, flanked by hounds, foliate scrolls and flowerheads hung with berried foliage, with stiff-leaf carved lower edge and foliate-carved apron; each console table with inset rectangular bardiglio marble top within a moulded border, above a pierced lozenge-carved frieze, hung with beaded foliage and flowerheads, on square tapering and fluted legs terminating in foliate toupie feet, minor differences to console tables
    The mirrors: 79¾ x 42½ in. (202.5 x 108 cm.) each;
    The console tables: one: 34½ in (87.5 cm.) high; 41¼ in. (104.5 cm.) wide; 21¼ in. (54 cm.) deep; the other: 34 in. (86.5 cm.) high; 38½ in. (98 cm.) wide; 20½ in. (52 cm.) deep (4)


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    Neoclassical mirrors and console tables such as the present lot were typically produced by skilled intagliatori in Tuscany and Liguria, but most particularly in Lucca, for the local aristocracy. Although mirrors and consoles were rarely executed en suite, they often appear to have been matched thereafter. These impressive mirrors, most often of large scale and of rectangular shape, would generally feature common stylistic elements: the crestings carved with griffins, fantastical creatures or dogs as here, often centred by a foliate urn, an oval medallion with masks, or a cameo portrait, and the sides hung with foliate trails and husks.

    A closely related example is in the Palazzo Rospigliosi in Pistoia, illustrated in A.M. Massinelli, Il Mobile Toscano, fig. LXXXI, p. 183. Other examples of Lucchese mirrors and consoles include those in Palazzo Cenami Spada in Lucca (illustrated in S. Chiarugi, Botteghe di Mobilieri in Toscana, Florence, 1994, vol. 1, p. 80, fig. 50); and those described and illustrated in E. Colle, Il Mobile Neoclassico in Italia, Milano, 2005, p. 210 and p. 212. A further related example of mirror and console was sold from a Roman Residence at Christie's, Milan, 15 May 2006, lot 575.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
    (LOTS 867-873)