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An Italian gilt-bronze-and pietre dure-mounted ebony casket, Florentine, Grand Ducal Workshop
last quarter 17th century
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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An Italian gilt-bronze-and pietre dure-mounted ebony casket, Florentine, Grand Ducal Workshop
last quarter 17th century
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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An Italian gilt-bronze-and pietre dure-mounted ebony casket, Florentine, Grand Ducal Workshop
last quarter 17th century
the top divided into geometric reserves with gilt-bronze ripple-cut mouldings applied with fruit in hardstones, amethyst and inlaid with ribbons and mounted with gilt-bronze leaves, the escutcheon above a gilt-bronze-mount with a profile medallion cast with scrolls and stylised scallopshells, with similarly decorated sides, on toupie feet
19cm. high, 35cm. wide, 31cm. deep; 7½in., 1ft. 1¾in., 1ft. ½in.
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Catalogue Note

Comparative Literature:
Alvar González-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto, Vol. II,  Milan, 1986, p.58, fig. 68.
G. Sarti, Fastueux Objets en Marbre et Pierres Dures, Catalogue no. 7-2006, Paris, no. 13, pp. 134-135.

This casket is a fine example of the caskets mounted in pietre dure produced by the Grand Ducal Workshop in Florence in the last quarter of the 17th and early years of the 18th century.

Different Florentine craftsmen executed these caskets and records exist of the weekly payments made to various artisans who completed the panels (flat or in relief) which were assigned to them in a few weeks. The bronzes were also cast in the Galleria and then they went through the gilding process. Finally, the ebanista mounted the pietre dure panels and ornaments onto the carcass which was usually veneered in ebony.

This casket is reminiscent in style and very closely related to a casket, dating to the last quarter of the 17th century, with its identical gilt-bronze ripple-cut geometric reserves and the treatment of the fruit, in the Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, reproduced here in  fig.1. The decoration of the fruit especially on the top of the casket is very realistic.

The application of the gilt-bronze leaves is a rare feature as normally the foliage is inlaid in hardstones and can be seen on a related pietre dure casket from the Grand Ducal Workshops, now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, see A.G.P. op. cit., p. 58, fig. 68.

Another related casket with the rare feature of the leaves depicted in gilt-bronze is illustrated, Sarti, op. cit., no. 13, p. 135.   

 

 

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