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workshop of Andrea and Alberto Tipa (1725-1766)
Trapani, third quarter 18th century
AN IVORY AND CORAL CRECHE
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80,000100,000
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workshop of Andrea and Alberto Tipa (1725-1766)
Trapani, third quarter 18th century
AN IVORY AND CORAL CRECHE
Estimate
80,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 90,000 GBP
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workshop of Andrea and Alberto Tipa (1725-1766)
Trapani, third quarter 18th century
AN IVORY AND CORAL CRECHE
the base with canted corners and mounted with glazed mirrored panels, the wood carcase overlaid with cork centred by the Holy Family in ivory within architectural niche, the columns of agate surmounted by the Star of Bethlehem, further inhabited by ivory figures amidst a forest of red and white coral branches, also enchrusted with shells and semi-precious stones, in later glazed case
49 by 54 by 29cm., 19¼ by 21¼ by 11½in.
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Catalogue Note

The Sicilian tradition of precious crèche tableaux inaugurated in the seventeenth century in the Trapani coral workshops culminated in the eighteenth century with fantastic mixed media ensembles. Trapani was, until the end of the eighteenth century, one of the main commercial ports of the Mediterranean. The many natural resources of the island were used to create fascinating tableaux. A superlative example of this is demonstrated in the present crèche intricately assembled on a wood base. It utilises cork, most noticeable on the back where the varying strata resemble architectural elements in a rocky outcrop, as well as natural uncarved white and red coral branches, shells, agate and amethystine quartz, textile, glass and above all innumerable fine and intricately carved ivory figures. It can be closely compared to another in the Museo Civico in Termini Imerese Sicily, illustrated in the 1966 exhibition catalogue and believed to be the work of the Tipa brothers, Andrea (1725-1766) and Alberto (1732-1785). Examples of further work in ivory by the Tipa brothers are in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich and illustrated by Berliner. Previously thought to be by Jakob Auer, these finely carved pierced groups are now known to have been acquired by King Ludwig of Bavaria during a tour in Sicily in 1817.

RELATED LITERATURE
L'arte del corallo in Sicilia, no 177; Berliner, no 440

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