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AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND STAINED PINE CENTRE TABLE
AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND STAINED PINE CENTRE TABLE
AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND STAINED PINE CENTRE TABLE
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AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND STAINED PINE CENTRE TABLE

BY GIUSEPPE MONTELATICI, FLORENCE, CIRCA 1880

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AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND STAINED PINE CENTRE TABLE
BY GIUSEPPE MONTELATICI, FLORENCE, CIRCA 1880
The circular top centred by a floral bouquet encircled by a border of birds, butterflies, and fruiting branches against a black marble ground, set within a bas relief carved border with pierced rocaille apron, the central architectural support with haut relief carvings of pinecones and pomegranates above a tripartite base with three scrolling dolphins, the underside with paper label marked '6691/ 9062. /2' and maker's label 'GIUSEPPE MONTELATICI/ FABRICANTE/ di/ MOSAICI DI FIRENZE/ 7 Lung' Arno Corsini. 7'/ FIRENZE/ On prend des Commissions et on se charge/ de l'Exposition/ SUCCURSALE/ BADEN-BADEN Vis-a-Vis... MANUFACTORY/ of the/ FLORENTINE MOSAICS/ and/ JEWELLERY... ASSORTMENT/ Coffres d'Albums/ MOSAIQUES BIZANTINES/ Camées/ ET ORFEVERRIE'
32 ½ in. (82.5 cm.) high; 46 in. (117 cm.) diameter
Provenance
Anonymous sale; Christie’s, New York, 31 October 1990, lot 289.
Property from a South American Collector, Sotheby's, New York, 15 October 2015, lot 24.
Literature
A.-M. Massinelli, Painting in Stone – Modern Florentine Pietra Dura Mosaic, Florence, 2014, pp. 38, 40 (fig. 6 [a related cabinet with Giuseppe Montelatici label] & p. 75, Note. 35).
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This table top is finely inlaid with semi-precious hardstones including lapis lazuli, jasper, chalcedony and breccia marbles depicting flowers, butterflies and songbirds. It is representative of the finest fabbrica di mosaici di Firenze which was produced for the great exhibitions of the 19th century. Angiolo Montelatici e Fratelli, mosaicists, exhibited at the Florence exhibition in 1861 and by 1867 Giuseppe is listed with his older brother Angiolo, or Angelo, in Murray’s Handbook Advertiser with addresses at Lungarno Nuovo 12 and Borgo Ognissanti 21. By this time with fifteen employees, the Montelatici brothers exhibited at the 1867 Paris Exposition universelle and by 1871 had opened a branch in the famous Germany spa city of Baden-Baden. By the 1880s there are addresses at Via dei Fossi and Lungarno Corsini 6. A cabinet dated 1883 is labelled, like the present lot, with Giuseppe’s name and Lungarno Corsini 7. It is probably the same cabinet shown by Giuseppe Montelatici at the 1878 Paris Exposition universelle described at ‘Firenze. — Stipo, stile 1500, in ebano, a sbalzo con mosaici — Due tavole in mosaico di Firenze’ (L'Esposizione di Parigi del 1878 illustrata, No. 59, p. 318).


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