A pair of very important Venitian 18th century polychrome decorated giltwood framed mirrors
Lot 83
A pair of very important Italian 18th century polychrome decorated giltwood mirrors
£80,000 - 120,000
US$ 130,000 - 200,000
Lot Details
A pair of very important Italian 18th century polychrome decorated giltwood mirrors
each with a rectangular mirror plate within a foliate stepped surround, each side centred by a cartouche with a fleur de lys, the top centred by an armorial shield surmounted by a plumed Knight's helmet, flanked to each side by grapes, scrolling branches, pierced trellis and a floral vase finial, terminating to the sides by floral garlands, inscribed to the back on a paper label: Proveniente della famiglia Dona dalle Rose, 117cm wide, 150cm high (46" wide, 59" high). (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    - By repute from Family Donà dalle Rose, Venice
    - An Italian noble family

    Donà is the name of a celebrated Patrician family of the Republic of Venice.
    The Palazzo Donà dalle Rose is a great example of late Renaissance Venetian architecture. It was commissioned at the end of the 16th century by Leonardo and his brother Nicolò, two of the Family's three Dogi: Francesco (1545), Leonardo (1606), and Nicolò (1623).
    Documents dating back to the 11th century also record members of the Donà family as ambassadors, procurators, senators, bishops and patriarchs.

    The collection of the Palazzo was important and as such, part of it was published in 1934 as a catalogue by G.Lorenzetti, entitled La Collezione Dei Conti Donà Dalle Rose A Venezia.

    The heraldic shields correspond to the Thorold baronets, most probably to Sir Nathaniel Thorold, of Harmeston (Lincolnshire), who was created Baronet in 1741 and died in Milan in 1764.

    With thanks to John Allen for assistance with the research of this lot.
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