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    Sale 7524

    Turin London Corfu The Collection of Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi Volume II Session II

    12 - 13 December 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 487

    A PIEDMONTESE CARVED WOOD INTAGLIO MICRO-SCULPTURE

    LATE 18TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO GIUSSEPE BONZANIGO (1745-1820)

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    A PIEDMONTESE CARVED WOOD INTAGLIO MICRO-SCULPTURE
    LATE 18TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO GIUSSEPE BONZANIGO (1745-1820)
    Of circular shape, depicting a trophy on an ebonised tortoiseshell ground and within an ormolu guilloche-tooled and fleur-de-lys frame, the back with label numbered '39'
    3½ in. (8.9 cm.) diameter


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    The finely sculpted trophy medallion, celebrating the triumph of Christianity, has its ormolu frame wreathed in bas-relief with a ribbon-guilloche of love's dart besides the French trefoiled lily . The trophy comprises palms and laurels accompanying a shield, emblematic of the Trinity, together with the tablets of the law, bible, and Papal tiara and ancient cross as well as the Roman fasces, emblematic of good government.

    The medallion was probably executed in the Turin workshop of Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo (1745-1820). Appointed wood carver to Victor Amadeus III in 1787, Bonzanigo is rightfully regarded as the greatest carver at the Court of the Savoia's and his roundels are particularly celebrated.

    A related bas-relief trophy, celebrating the cardinal art of Poetry (Poesis) and composed in the Louis XVI style popularised by the engravings of Jean-Charles Delafosse (d.1791), has been dated to around 1800 and is in the Museo Civico, Asti (C. Bertolotto & V. Villani, Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo, Turin, 1989, no. 15).

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