A Doccia gilt-metal mounted box 'a Cammei Bianchi' Circa 1745-1750

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Lot 39
A Doccia gilt-metal mounted box 'a Cammei Bianchi'
Circa 1745-1750

Sold for £ 19,800 (US$ 24,221) inc. premium
A Doccia gilt-metal mounted box 'a Cammei Bianchi'
Circa 1745-1750
Decorated with moulded white cameo portraits of philosophers and poets from Antiquity, framed by puce and iron-red cartouches, all of them named in gold in the moulded ribbon trailing over the cartouches, the inside of the cover with a large framed flower spray, 7.5cm x 5.5cm (minor wear to gilding)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    With Don Peppino Giglio;
    Acquired from the above in 1979
    Collezione Procida Mirabelli di Lauro, Naples, no. 154

    Literature:
    As illustrated in Beaucamp-Markowsky, 1985, cat.no. 467

    The production of objects of vertu or 'galanterie' was of great importance to Doccia factory. Biancalana shows (2009, p.168) that the factory had a 'Laboratorio degli Argentieri', which was founded in 1744-45. Its principle purpose was creating mounts for boxes and snuff bottles and boxes, and two foreigners, Frenchman Jean-François Racein and the German Johann Georg Komette. By 1758, joining or 'legare' the boxes was still being done in the factory, but the job of overseeing these activities is passed on to Michele Taddei.
    The moulded decoration of the 'tabbachiere dei Cammei' or snuff boxes with cameo-moulding would have changed from box to box, but there are three main groups, those with Roman Emperors, Alexander the Great and the subsequent Emperors of Egypt and the great thinkers and poets of antiquity. The most prolific painter of these boxes was the famous Giusepe Romei, who is first found in the factory records in 1742. Between 1743-49 he was paid for painting at least 37 snuff boxes, and possibly more, many of them with non-specified cameo-moulding (see Biancalana, op.cit. p.134f.). The 'Cammei' were also used for the decoration of Bassorelievi or low-relief moulded plaques. A plaque with highly comparable titled portrait plaques is illustrated by Biancalana, op.cit., p.112.
A Doccia gilt-metal mounted box 'a Cammei Bianchi' Circa 1745-1750
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