A PAIR OF ITALIAN PIETRE DURE CIRCULAR PANELS, FLORENCE CIRCA 1700
each depicting a landscape, within a carved giltwood frame
without frame: 15.5cm. diameter; 6 1/8 in.
with frame: 25cm. diameter; 9 7/8 in.
In overall good condition. Giltwood frames with minor chipping, rubbing and losses to gilding. Some cracks to the black marble border of one panel. The other panel with some minor losses to the bottom left along the black marble border. Minor scratches throughout.
"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."
This type of circular panel depicting views of Tuscany were produced by the Grand Ducal workshops in the early 18th century and were highly sought after by collectors in the 19th century. An important example of how these panels would be bought by foreigners and mounted is the Florentiner zimmer built between 1710 and 1712. The Rastatt Favorite Palace (Schloss Favorite Rastatt), Germany retains this extraordinary room where 758 Florentine pietre dure panels are framed and inset in the walls. Two similar panels in the Museo dell'Opificio delle Pietre Dure are illustrated in F. Rossi, La pittura di pietra, Florence, 1984, pp.104-105 and three other related panels are in A.M. Giusti, Il museo dell' Opificio delle Pietre Dure a Firenze, Milan, 1978, figs. 50-52.