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    Sale 2782

    LIECHTENSTEIN: Property from the Collection of the Princely House of Liechtenstein.

    1 April 2008, Amsterdam

  • Lot 48

    AN ITALIAN WALNUT, FRUITWOOD AND BONE MARQUETRY 'CERTOSINA' CHEST

    THE MARQUETRY 19TH CENTURY, THE CHEST BASICALLY EARLIER

    Price Realised  

    AN ITALIAN WALNUT, FRUITWOOD AND BONE MARQUETRY 'CERTOSINA' CHEST
    THE MARQUETRY 19TH CENTURY, THE CHEST BASICALLY EARLIER
    Inlaid overall with geometric panels, the top with a chessboard, the reverse with the monogram of Christ, with a lidded compartment to the interior, formerly with lock, with paper label inscribed A154/636/4 and brass plaque stamped 3056
    48 cm. high x 121 cm. wide x 50 cm. deep


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    The certosina work is a luxorious pictorial woodwork common in Italy by the fifteenth century. This special technique in which small polygonal tesserae of wood, bone, ivory, mother-of-pearl and other materials were inlaid in geometric patterns into a wooden base, was influenced by Islamic geometrical arabesque. The characteristic geometrical and floral design of this certosina work is very comparable to an exhibited chest in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, also illustrated in J. Morley, Furniture. The Western Tradition, London, 1999, p. 102, pl. 174.

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    Provenance

    Schloss Vaduz, Liechtenstein, 1945.