A Florentine late 17th/early 18th century pietre dure rectangular panel most probably from the Grand Ducal workshops
Lot 27
A Florentine late 17th/early 18th century pietre dure rectangular panel most probably from the Grand Ducal workshops
Sold for £157,250 (US$ 246,778) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Florentine late 17th/early 18th century pietre dure rectangular panel
most probably from the Grand Ducal workshops
the panel depicting a coastal scene with figures and a dog in the foreground, sold with a later English table, into which the panel was once inset, with an acanthus frieze and foliate border, the front with a frieze drawer cast with scrolling foliage, on tapering square legs and casters, the panel: 59cm x 34.5cm (23" x 13.5"); the table: 74.5cm wide, 49.5cm deep, 76.5cm high (29" wide, 19" deep, 30" high).

Footnotes

  • The composition and use of stones in this panel relate it closely to a group of panels originally incorporated into a cabinet, and featuring landscapes with ruins and fishing scenes of 1709, which have been attributed to Baccio Cappelli, now in the Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure, Florence. Cappelli was a leading artist in the Grand Ducal Workshops, the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, in Florence in the 18th century.

    A related panel, part of the collection of Bernard Steinitz [sold Christie's, King Street, 6th December 2007, Lot 314 (£90,500)], uses a similar type of translucent alabaster to render the clouds, a very comparable greyish/green stone for the sea, a similar striated pink/white marble to render clothing on some of the figures and the same black marble for the tree trunks.

    The panel offered here and the Steinitz panel are also closely comparable in terms of composition. Both depict a coastal scene with small houses in the background and people, often shepherds and fishermen, at work.

    A related smaller panel sold Sotheby's, New York, 4th June 2009, Lot 85 ($8,125), and another pair sold Christie's, King Street, 6th December 2012, Lot 3. Others are incorporated into cabinets, including the commode à encoignures by Martin Carlin and Adam Weisweiler, formerly in the Rothschild Collection, Paris, and subsequently sold Christie's, Monaco, 11 December 1999, Lot 30 and the secrétaire-à-abattant executed by Martin Carlin circa 1780, now in the Louvre.
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