An Italian engraved ivory inlaid fruitwood inlaid, kingwood, walnut marquetry and parquetry base by Pietro Piffetti (1700-1777), Piedmontese circa 1730
- fruitwood, kingwood, walnut, ivory
- approx. 8cm. high, 148cm. wide, 67cm. deep; 3¼in., 4ft.10½in., 2ft.2¾in.
Roberto Antonetto, Il Mobile Piemontese nel Settecento, Vol. I, Turin, 2010, p.166, no. 12, illustrated and discussed.
The offered base by Pietro Piffetti (1700-1777), is known in Italian as a `predella' and presents the same decorative device in the centre with ivory palmettes within a strapwork cartouche, as a `predella', in a Private Collection, illustrated by Antonetto, op. cit., p. 164, 11a and c and reproduced here in fig.1.
One cannot state for certain whether this piece formerly supported a fixed piece of furniture by Piffetti, or if it was made as a freestanding utilitarian piece. These predella were often made to give stability to a piece of furniture or object and by raising the piece higher gave it an added importance.
For further information on Pietro Piffetti, see the footnote to lot 13.