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PROPERTY FROM A FLORIDA PRIVATE COLLECTION

Auguste Guilbert-Martin French, 1826-1890
VENISE RECEVANT LES TRESORS DE L'ADRIATIQUE
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A FLORIDA PRIVATE COLLECTION

Auguste Guilbert-Martin French, 1826-1890
VENISE RECEVANT LES TRESORS DE L'ADRIATIQUE
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 62,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Auguste Guilbert-Martin French, 1826-1890
VENISE RECEVANT LES TRESORS DE L'ADRIATIQUE
signed in monogram GM lower left
mosaic glass, in original frame
overall height 49 1/2 in.; width 90 in.
125 cm; 229 cm
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Literature

Maryse de Stefano-Andrys, "L'atelier de mosaique Guilbert-Martin", in Des cheminées dans la plaine: Cent ans d'industrie à Saint-Denis, Saint-Denis, Musée d'art et d'histoire, 1998  pp. 86-92. 

Catalogue Note

The industrialist Auguste Maximilien Guilbert-Martin (1826-1900) was a driving force behind the revival of mosaic art in France, which had previously been practiced almost exclusively by Italians. In the last quarter of the 19th century there was growing enthusiasm from architects and developers across Europe to incorporate mosaics into floors, walls, ceilings, patios and other exterior features.

Guilbert-Martin, a trained chemist, was the proprietor of an important enamel factory in Grenelle, a small neighborhood in the southwest of Paris. In 1878, he was awarded the gold medal at the Universal Exposition in Paris for his presentation of a thousand different hues. His enamels became so successful that he opened a second atelier specifically for the manufacture of mosaics. His first public work, commissioned by the city of Paris in 1888, was installed in the apse at l’Eglise de la Madelaine and took five years to complete.

In 1896, he was commissioned to complete the tomb of Louis Pasteur at l’Institut Pasteur. The project would become the grandest of his public architectural works. Other notable public works under the direction of Guilbert-Martin include l’Opera-comique, the Pantheon, and the Palais-Royal theater.

The allegorical painting after which the present mosaic is copied, more commonly entitled Nettuno che offre doni a Venezia (Neptune Offering Gifts to Venice), was painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696-1770) around 1745. It now hangs in the Palazzo Ducale, Venice.

Luxe: The Art of the Table

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