An Italian marquetry table - possibly by Falcini
Lot 152Y
An Italian mid-19th century ivory, and mother of pearl inlaid rosewood, ebony and marquetry octagonal tilt-top table attributed to the Falcini brothers
£6,000 - 9,000
US$ 10,000 - 15,000
Lot Details
An Italian mid-19th century ivory, and mother of pearl inlaid rosewood, ebony and marquetry octagonal tilt-top table
attributed to the Falcini brothers
the top centred by a medallion of flowers within bands of scrolling foliage and garlands of flowers, within a rim surround of flower-heads, on a baluster support, on scroll legs and casters, 91cm wide, 91cm deep, 75.5cm high (35.5" wide, 35.5" deep, 29.5" high).

Footnotes

  • A table with a very similar inlaid top, originally from the Villa Demidoff in San Donato, is illustrated in González-Palacios (plate 385).

    Luigi (1794-1861) and Angiolo (1801-1850) Falcini were active in Florence in the second quarter of the nineteenth century. They had a reputation as restorers of Renaissance marquetry as well as makers in the their own right, reviving the earlier technique of intricate floral inlaid furniture after Leonardo van der Vinne. The first piece that the brothers exhibited was a prize-winning marquetry table shown at the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence in 1836, which was subsequently purchased by Grand Duke Leopold II for his private collection. They also exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851 with much acclaim.


    Literature:
    -Alvar González-Palacios, Il Tempo del Gusto, plates 385-403.
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