• 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 104

    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE

    CIRCA 1810 AND LATER, ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOPS OF LORENZO BARTOLINI (1777-1850)

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    AN ITALIAN WHITE MARBLE CHIMNEYPIECE
    CIRCA 1810 AND LATER, ATTRIBUTED TO THE WORKSHOPS OF LORENZO BARTOLINI (1777-1850)
    The jambs and frieze profusely carved with anthemion decoration, the frieze a later replacement
    50 1/8 in. (127.3 cm.) high; 74 in. (190 cm.) wide; 11 in. (29.3 cm.) deep; the opening 39 in. (99.1 cm.) x 41 in. (106 cm.)


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    This Italian chimneypiece was most probably made for the English export market and is attributable to the Florentine mason Lorenzo Bartolini.
    Bartolini worked for many English clients, perhaps most notably the Hope family at Deepdene. Similar chimneypieces were supplied to houses in Regents Park and Carlton House Terrace.
    The jambs are carved on both the front and return faces, with neo-classical pedestals below stylized fleshy acanthus foliage topped by flaming tazzas with a similarly decorated frieze. This exuberant design has undoubtedly been inspired by the 18th century drawings of the architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

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