• Focal Point - The Nicholas Gif auction at Christies

    Sale 5975

    Focal Point - The Nicholas Gifford-Mead Collection of Chimneypieces & Ornament

    29 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 50

    AN ITALIAN PIETRA SERENA MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE

    CIRCA 1690

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN PIETRA SERENA MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE
    CIRCA 1690
    Of boldly modelled bolection form
    64 in. (164 cm.) high; 77 in. (197 cm.) wide; the opening 52 in. (135.5 cm.) x 52 in. (135.5 cm.)


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    The bold architectural form devoid of carved decoration is typical of the type of chimneypiece found in Italian palazzi in the late 17th century. Almost certainly it would have been surmounted by an elaborate gilded and painted stucco overmantel.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    Palazzo di Governatore, Manziana, near Lake Bracciano, north of Rome.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the chimneypiece is stone and not Pietra Serena as catalogued.