116
116
North Italian, probably Venetian, early 17th century
A WALNUT TABLE TOP
Estimate
20,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 31,200 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
116
North Italian, probably Venetian, early 17th century
A WALNUT TABLE TOP
Estimate
20,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 31,200 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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North Italian, probably Venetian, early 17th century
A WALNUT TABLE TOP
profusely inlaid with engraved mother-of-pearl and ivory with interlacing scrolls, portrait medallions and fantastical creatures, the centre with episcopal arms
130 by 64cm., 51 by 25¼in.
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Catalogue Note

The table top belongs to the same school as a group of marquetry objects  attributed to a Venetian workshop by Alvar Gonzàles-Palacios, clearly influenced by Ottoman designs. A close comparison can be made between the present example and a table top in Gonzàles-Palacios' Il Tempo del Gusto, (no.695, illus.696) with its use of mother-of-pearl portrait medallions, and in the urns which hold the stylized scrolling foliage. The table top would originally have been supported by a trestle, as in the Gonzàles-Palacios example, and would have been easily transportable.

Previous to Gonzàles-Palacios' Venetian attribution these marquetry table-tops were traditionally called south German, and were believed to have been created by gunstock makers. However, the use of walnut would point to an Italian source.

RELATED LITERATURE
Gonzàles-Palacios, vol.II, pp.307-9


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