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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 211

    AN ITALIAN GILT-METAL MOUNTED SCAGLIOLA LOW TABLE

    LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY, THE BASE LATE 19TH CENTURY IN THE MANNER OF CHIURAZZI & FILS

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN GILT-METAL MOUNTED SCAGLIOLA LOW TABLE
    LATE 17TH/EARLY 18TH CENTURY, THE BASE LATE 19TH CENTURY IN THE MANNER OF CHIURAZZI & FILS
    The rectangular top with three panels of country folk in landscapes surrounded by a border of playing putti, the corners with birds, each end with a tripod base and triangular plinth, the underside with paper label printed 'Corriere Espresso F.lli Renzi Mila.... 958 pcr'
    21 in. (53 cm.) high; 52 in. (132 cm.) wide; 27¾ in. (70.5 cm.) deep


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    The table's surface is mosaiced with polychromed pastoral vignettes displayed in an octagon and two medallion compartments that are wreathed by Roman acanthus foliage, while their white ribbon-borders are engraved with the sporting youths of antiquity celebrating the Feast of Venus. The signature of Fra Silvestro da Bologna (fl. 1700-1723) has been recorded on a tablet with similar sporting youths (G. Manni, I Maestri della Scagliola, Modena, 1997, fig. 300). Such patterns may have been inspired by the Renaissance artist and assistant to Raphael, Polidoro da Caravaggio (1490-1543) whose engravings were highly prized in the late 17th and 18th centuries (T. Clifford, 'Polidoro and English Design', Connoisseur, vol. 192, August 1976, pp. 282-291).

    A table, with border inspired by the same engravings of sporting youths, was sold at Tajan, Paris, 8 November 1999, lot 126 (FF850,000). Its frame incorporates Pompeian bronze candelabrum pillars as manufactured by the Neapolitan bronze founders J. Chiurazzi & Fils.

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