11 November 2004,
Price realised GBP 14,340
GBP 4,000 - GBP 6,000
AN ITALIAN CARVED WALNUT AND PARCEL-GILT MIRROR
BY ANGIOLO BARBETTI, FLORENCE, CIRCA 1840
The rectangular bevelled plate within an elaborately carved surround with stiff-leaf and guilloche bands and a moulded egg-and-dart and out-scrolled fluted edge framing a relief-carved frieze decorated with scrolling foliage, wild animals and military trophies, signed 'ANGIOLO BARBETTI DI SIENA'
56 in. (143 cm.) x 67 in. (170 cm.)
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Angiolo Barbetti (Siena 1805-Florence 1873), a skilled carver, designer and decorator established a flourishing atelier in Florence producing a large range of carved ivory, ebony and walnut furniture including frames, cornices, candelabra and much larger commissions as lavishly inlaid cabinets and tables. A regular award winner in the international fairs and exhibitions, Barbetti was even selected to represent tuscany at the London International Exhibition of 1851. A related carved frame was presented in 1839 at the Esposizione Regionale di Firenze, as a new type of Renaissance revival piece described to be manufactured specifically for a demanding export market.
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S. Chiarugi, Botteghe di Mobilieri in Toscana, Florence, 1994, Vol.2, pp. 401-402.
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