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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi Volume II Session II

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 299

    A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY PANELS

    16TH CENTURY, PROBABLY URBINO

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY PANELS
    16TH CENTURY, PROBABLY URBINO
    Each depicting still life scenes of fruit and urns, rebacked
    20¾ x 14½ in. (53 x 36 cm.) (2)


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    Love's triumph is symbolised by the panels, whose trompe l'oeil embrasures are dressed with a garden-basket of carnations, emblematic of maternal love, accompanying a palm-decked sacred urn set between heavenly cherries and a pear (forbidden fruit). These fine panels relate to an example in the Victoria & Albert Museum, attributed to Fra Raffaele da Brescia, a member of the Olivetan Order of monks, who practised the craft in the early decades of the 16th Century (M. J. Thornton, 'Three unrecorded panels by Fra Raffaele da Brescia,' Connoisseur, April 1978, pp. 238-248, fig. 8).

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