AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND TENERE PANEL, FLORENCE, BY MARIO MONTELATICI 1938
AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND TENERE PANEL, FLORENCE, BY MARIO MONTELATICI 1938
AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND TENERE PANEL, FLORENCE, BY MARIO MONTELATICI 1938
AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND TENERE PANEL, FLORENCE, BY MARIO MONTELATICI 1938
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PROPERTY FROM THE ROSALINDE AND ARTHUR GILBERT COLLECTION

AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND TENERE PANEL, FLORENCE, BY MARIO MONTELATICI 1938

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP

PROPERTY FROM THE ROSALINDE AND ARTHUR GILBERT COLLECTION

AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND TENERE PANEL, FLORENCE, BY MARIO MONTELATICI 1938

Estimate: 10,000 - 15,000 GBP

Lot Sold:47,500GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property From The Rosalinde And Arthur Gilbert Collection

AN ITALIAN PIETRE DURE AND TENERE PANEL, FLORENCE, BY MARIO MONTELATICI 1938


the back inscribed ARTE DEL MOSAICO / VIA SAN GIUSEPPE 36-38 / FIRENZE / ITALIA

with frame: 50.5cm. high, 60.5cm. wide.

without frame: 35.9cm. high, 47cm. wide; 14⅛in., 18½in.

Condition Report

In overall excellent condition. The frame with minor chips, rubbing and losses to gilding. Break to top right of frame, which has been repaired.


"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

Arte del Mosaico, Florence, 1972.

Exhibited

Gilbert Collection, Permanent Display, Somerset House, London, 2000-2007.

Literature

A. M. Massinelli, with contributions by Jeanette Hanisee Gabriel, Hardstones: The Gilbert Collection, London, 2000, cat. no. 76, p. 176.

A. M. Massinelli, Painting in Stone: Modern Florentine Pietra Dura Mosaic, Florence, 2014, p.154, fig. 120.

GIFT, July 1979.

Catalogue Note

This exceptional panel reflects the talent and extraordinary technical skills that the Florentine craftsman Mario Montelatici (1894-1974) showcased throughout his career. 


Mario’s father, Giovanni Montelatici (d.1930), was renowned for his remarkable skill in rendering life-like religious, domestic and rural scenes in pietra dura. He established a workshop in Florence with fellow Italian artist Calileo Chini. The business flourished during the early decades of the 20th century, when Montelatici was joined by his two sons Alfonso (1880–1948) and Mario, who both supplied spectacularly realistic and painterly pictures. While Mario’s most popular image is undoubtedly the ‘Return from the market’ (V&A Loan, Gilbert: 75-2008), his pictures looking at the theme of childhood equally showcase his talent.


The current example is inspired by a painting by Edmund Adler (1876-1965) titled ‘His First Knitting Lesson’ (illustrated in Hooke and Poltimore, Popular 19th Century Painting: Dictionary of European Genre Painters, 1986, p.176). Just like Adler, Montelatici was admired for his naturalism and fresh approach to colour in his pictures.

STONE: Marble and Hardstones
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