The Renaissance Revival manner pioneered by Italian craftsmen during the first half of the century and was established as the dominant aesthetic mode in the 1860's and 1870's. During his training in Florence with the Dominican brother Girolamo Bianchedi and the craftman Luigi Falcini, Gatti learnt the art of wooden marquetry; later in Rome, he focused on ebony veneered works inlaid with ivory and mother-of-pearl.
Our cabinet figures some decorative patterns often seen on Gatti's objects, such as medaillons of famous men - here Raffaello after his self-portrait from the Uffizi - , cats - a hint to his last name - and vedute of the main Roman monuments: there was a similar view of the Pantheon on the table sold 125 000 € in these rooms, 11 April 2018, lot 301.
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