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    Sale 5441

    La Strada Romana - Works of Art from a Private Roman Collection

    14 May 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 252

    A NORTH ITALIAN ROSEWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY COMMODE

    LOMBARDY, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF GIOVANNI MAFFEZZOLI

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    A NORTH ITALIAN ROSEWOOD, TULIPWOOD AND FRUITWOOD MARQUETRY COMMODE
    LOMBARDY, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY, IN THE MANNER OF GIOVANNI MAFFEZZOLI
    With a saffron giallo antico marble top, the frieze drawer decorated with urns flanked by griffins and floral tendrils, the two further drawers inlaid sans traverse with architectural ruins, the sides similarly inlaid with architectural landscape panels on square tapering feet
    35 in. (89 cm.) high; 47½ in. (121 cm.) wide; 23½ in (60 cm.) deep


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    The Piranesian classical ruins depicted on the front and sides of this commode recall the work of Giovanni Maffezzoli (1776-1818), the Cremonese maker who was the most gifted pupil of Giuseppe Maggiolini (1738-1814). Piranesi's architectural engravings were a source of inspiration for many North Italian intarsiatori. His influence can also been seen in the work of the Piedmontese intarsiatori Ignazio Ravelli (1756-1836) who worked with his son, Luigi (1776-1858). The Ravellis specialised in creating marquetry pictures as well as incorporating panels into case furniture.

    A commode with comparable marquetry, by Maffezzoli was offered at Sotheby's as lot 316, 13th June 2001. Although with projecting columns, similarities can be drawn with the Vitruvian scroll running around the top and bottom, the obelisks on the angles of the frieze and the fruitwood marquetry panels depicting architectural ruins.

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    Provenance

    Arrredi e Dipinti Antichi, Christie's, Rome, 23rd October 1990, lot 511


    Literature

    Alvar Gonzalez-Palacios, Il Gusto Dei Principi, Longanesi & Co., p. 336-339
    L.Bandera, Giovanni Maffezzoli Intarsiatore Cremonese, Antichita Viva, Settembre-Ottobre 1964, n. 78
    M. Tavella, Tarsie di Giovanni Maffezzoli, Antologia delled Belle Arti, Allemandi, 1998, Il Settecento
    Furniture History Society, The Journal Of The Furniture History Society, Volume XL, 2004, p.73-82