PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
The following lots belonging to a European collector have remained under the same ownership for the last twenty-five years. The grotesque decorated suite, bought in Italy around 1975, can been seen in situ in the accompanying photographs. The dining room shown here was decorated following the original thoughts of the owner in the Pompeiian style by the Greek artist, Yannis Nomikos between 1978 and 1979.
The Pompeiian style was derived from the frescoed rooms unearthed during excavations which began in 1748. The style is characterised by a dark terracotta red color, known as Pompeiian red, and light architectural motifs as seen on the walls of this room.
The ornament of the furniture also has it's origins based in the ancient world. The grotesque decoration found on the following lots is typical in the combination of scrolling arabesque type decoration and the use of human and animal forms. This form of decoration was discovered during the Renaissance period when Nero's Golden House on the Esquiline was discovered, having been buried for centuries. Intially known as grotte in Italy, early artists such as Filippino Lippi, Signorelli and Perugino would use individual motifs but it was Raphael who was to first compile a complete decorative scheme in 1516 for Cardinal Bibbiena's stufetta in the Vatican. However it was not until he used them throughout the Vatican Loggie in 1519-1519, that they became renouned. The style continued to be used in all areas of the arts, reaching the rest of Europe by the mid-sixteenth century and continued to flourish throughout the nineteenth century