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Don Pietro Belloni (Florence 1695 - circa 1760) Italian, Florence, late 17th century

Figures Watching a Piper and a Monkey playing a violin

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Alexis Gregory, sold to Benefit the Alexis Gregory Foundation

Don Pietro Belloni (Florence 1695 - circa 1760) Italian, Florence, late 17th century

Don Pietro Belloni (Florence 1695 - circa 1760) Italian, Florence, late 17th century

Figures Watching a Piper and a Monkey playing a violin

Figures Watching a Piper and a Monkey playing a violin

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 USD

Lot sold:

22,680

USD

Don Pietro Belloni (Florence 1695 - circa 1760)

Italian, Florence, late 17th century

Figures Watching a Piper and a Monkey playing a violin


scagliola, with giltwood frame

14 1/4 by 16 3/4 in.; 36.2 by 42.5 cm.

Some standard surface abrasions. Tiny chip on ground. Otherwise small chips and worming to frame. Some gilding retouched. 


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Medici Collections, Palazzo Pitti, Florence (according to inventory numbers on reverse);
Trinity Fine Art, London;
From whom acquired

The inventories found on the back of this scagliola plaque are similar to those found on other objects from the Palazzo Pitti sold in several sales during the 19th century, including a wood dish painted with a scene of Diana bathing, with similar inventoy numbers from the Guardaroba of the Palazzo Pitti (see Trinitiy Fine Art, London, 1988, no. 36).


The style of the scagliola 'painting' is identical to that found on other pieces by Belloni, a contemporary and pupil of Enrico Hugford who developed the technique of scagliola decoration in Florence (cf. Massinelli, fig. 105). While the source of this scene is not known, it may derive from views of Turkish life, such as those depicted by Jacopo Ligozzi, whose designs were widely used in Florence in pietra dura and scagliola decoration.


RELATED LITERATURE

A-M. Massinelli, Scagliola l'arte della pittura di luna, Rome 1997, p. 165, fig. 105