AN ITALIAN PIETRE TENERE AND PIETRA DURA TABLE TOP, ROME EARLY 17TH CENTURY
AN ITALIAN PIETRE TENERE AND PIETRA DURA TABLE TOP, ROME EARLY 17TH CENTURY
AN ITALIAN PIETRE TENERE AND PIETRA DURA TABLE TOP, ROME EARLY 17TH CENTURY
AN ITALIAN PIETRE TENERE AND PIETRA DURA TABLE TOP, ROME EARLY 17TH CENTURY
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KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

AN ITALIAN PIETRE TENERE AND PIETRA DURA TABLE TOP, ROME EARLY 17TH CENTURY

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 GBP

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE

AN ITALIAN PIETRE TENERE AND PIETRA DURA TABLE TOP, ROME EARLY 17TH CENTURY

Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 GBP

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Description

KILLADOON HOUSE, PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT IRISH ESTATE


AN ITALIAN PIETRE TENERE AND PIETRA DURA TABLE TOP, ROME EARLY 17TH CENTURY


the rectangular moulded top inlaid with alabaster in the centre, the surroundings with hardstone-inlaid scrolls and strapwork, the outer border with alternating band of roundels and horizontal tablets inlaid with various hardstones against Spanish brocatello

141cm. wide, 97cm. deep; 4ft. 7½in., 3ft. 2¼in.

Condition Report

This important table top is in good conserved condition having been restored probably prior to its acquisition in 1820. There seems to have been a break going diagonally through the table with some replacements to stones along this breakline. Probably as a result of the break, there are some repairs to the Spanish brocatello border which showcases different tones. One corner roundel to inner panel has a replacement grey marble instead of bianco e nero as the other three. Very minor marks and scratches consistent with age and use. Some losses, notably one small loss to the alabaster roundel in the centre, as visible in the catalogue photograph, and some minor replacements throughout. The grey marble border with repairs to three corners, one of them chipped. The back of the table top with stucco from the two marble brackets that were supporting the top at Killadoon House. The back also with six metal brackets from the old restoration and with an irregular slate layer towards the centre underneath the top. 


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Cataloguing

Provenance

According to 1836 inventory, acquired by Nathaniel Clements, 2nd Earl of Leitrim, KP PC (Ire) (1768-1854) when in Rome in 1820

Literature

Inventory, April 1830, 'One Inlaid Marble Table' in the Entrance Hall;

Inventory, 27th June 1836, 'Inlaid marble table of the finest marbles upon marble brackets sculptured by Steward in Dublin. The table was bought at Rome by Lord Leitrim in 1820' in the Entrance Hall


Catalogue Note

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

S. Jervis and D. Dodd, Roman Splendour and English Arcadia: The English taste for pietre dure and the Sixtus Cabinet at Stourhead, London, 2015.


A. M. Giusti, Pietre Dure, Hardstone in Furniture and Decorations, London, 1992.

The present table top showcases the natural beauty of stones and embodies the triumph of Rome from the early 16th century as a centre for pietre dure. The archaeological discoveries of the time as well the lasting passion for marbles and rare stones, so significant since Imperial Rome, lends the table a connection with Antiquity and most specifically to the splendour of the Eternal city where the tradition of skilled marble-working had survived.


The technique of pietre dure results in the neat and painstaking arrangement of finely cut hardstones inset on a ground of white marble. This table is distinctively Roman, namely for its subtle blend of geometrical and abstract motifs. Such geometry is noticeable, for example, in design dated from circa 1565 by the Italian Giovanni Antonio Dosio (see Jervis, p.48, fig. 52) and on several table tops, one in Aston Hall (ill. Jervis, p. 5, fig.4), one sold Sotheby's London, 7 December 2010, lot 22 (£163,250) one sold Sotheby's London, Treasures, 3 July 2013, lot 10 (£962,500).


The area surrounding the typical large roundel of alabaster in the centre of a Roman table top is often decorated with a border with small geometric shapes and then abstract motifs such as scrolls and strapwork. Related examples are the Museo del Prado (ill. Jervis, p.25, fig. 10) and one dated from the early 17th century at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire (ill. Jervis, p. 6, fig. 5).

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