A PAIR OF MALTESE INLAID MARBLE COLUMNS, MID-19TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO J. DARMANIN & SONS
 A PAIR OF MALTESE INLAID MARBLE COLUMNS, MID-19TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO J. DARMANIN & SONS
 A PAIR OF MALTESE INLAID MARBLE COLUMNS, MID-19TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO J. DARMANIN & SONS
 A PAIR OF MALTESE INLAID MARBLE COLUMNS, MID-19TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO J. DARMANIN & SONS
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Property from the Estate of John Bedford

A PAIR OF MALTESE INLAID MARBLE COLUMNS, MID-19TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO J. DARMANIN & SONS

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Property from the Estate of John Bedford

A PAIR OF MALTESE INLAID MARBLE COLUMNS, MID-19TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO J. DARMANIN & SONS

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Lot Sold:11,250GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Estate of John Bedford

A PAIR OF MALTESE INLAID MARBLE COLUMNS, MID-19TH CENTURY, ATTRIBUTED TO J. DARMANIN & SONS


each in the form of a broken column, the plinth bases inlaid with coloured marbles and the Carthaginian emblems of a warrior and horse with palm

each 47cm. high; 1ft. 6½in.


Condition Report

Chips to edges and extremities (some of the chips may well be a part of the original conception to evoke great age). At some point the columns have been detached and have been re-glued, there are deposits from this restoration. A decorative pair which show signs of age and use as to be expected. The chips do not detract.


"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

Catalogue Note

The family firm of J. Darmanin & Sons was the most prominent Maltese workshop producing objects in inlaid marbles, particularly in the second half of the 19th century. Their output was of high quality and often 'Monumental and Mosaic Slabs and other Ornamental Work' and included table tops often with a armorials and rarer smaller objects such as the present lot. The Carthaginian devices on the present lot feature on other pieces by them. Their work was chiefly for export and for British tourists who stopped at Valletta while on the Levantine Grand Tour. Lady Montefiore recorded her visit to their marble works in her journal published in 1885 '[they] produce items that appeared to be imitation of Florentine mosaics'. The used marbles and semi-precious stones imported from Messina, Sicily and the Aegean and included lapis lazuli, verde antico and onyx. A number of Darmanin's ambitious inlaid tables were shown at international exhibitions in London and Paris between 1851 and 1886, including the Great Exhibition, a table which is now in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace was awarded a prize medal there (RCIN 2631). For a full discussion on the firm, see Kate Hay, 'Mosaic Marble Tables by J. Darmanin & Sons of Malta', Furniture History, 2010, vol. XLVI.

STYLE: Private Collections
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