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    Sale 5201

    Style & Spirit

    27 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 488

    AN ITALIAN SCALIOLA RECTANGULAR TABLE TOP

    POSSIBLY CARPI, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN SCALIOLA RECTANGULAR TABLE TOP
    POSSIBLY CARPI, LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    Decorated in monochrome, the top centred by a naive standing female figure with attendant putto in a field of scrolling flowers and foliage, and a similar border with further putti and birds to the corners, on an associated metal X-frame stand.
    The marble, 48in. (122cm.) wide; 25in (64cm.) deep


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    This richly decorated scagliola table top, with dense scrolling foliage framing a central panel of putti and flowers, all executed en grisaille, is typical of the work of scagliolisti from the Carpi region. A closely related table top in the Bianchi Collection, Florence, is illustrated in A.M. Massinelli, Scagliola, L'Arte della Pietra Dura di Luna, Rome, 1997, p. 122, figs. 81 a-b, while a pair of table tops in the Museo Civico, Carpi, dated 1666 and with similar borders of scrolling foliage, are illustrated in D.Colli et al.,La Scagliola Carpigiana e L'Illusione Barocca, Modena, 1990, p. 146.

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