View full screen - View 1 of Lot 59. Attributed to Francis Garnier Valetti, Italy, 1808-1889 | Citron.
59

Attributed to Francis Garnier Valetti, Italy, 1808-1889 | Citron

ReservesUK: Greenford Park WarehouseVAT applies to buyers outside the UK

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 3,000 GBP

Attributed to Francis Garnier Valetti, Italy, 1808-1889 | Citron

Attributed to Francis Garnier Valetti, Italy, 1808-1889 | Citron

Estimate:

2,000

to
- 3,000 GBP

Lot sold:

6,930

GBP

Attributed to Francis Garnier Valetti

Italy, 1808-1889

Citron


wax, found wood

now on a black painted metal stand, with a printed label printed 'no. 24'

52cm. high; 8 1/2in.

Made in Turin during the third quarter of the 19th century.

Unusual and very decorative. The leaves possibly redecorated, one with minute chip. Lemon 18cm. high. Very finely executed.


"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."

‘Please note that where the buyer is from within the UK the lot is sold with no VAT symbol. Where the buyer resides outside the UK the lot is invoiced as if it bore the “†” symbol.’
Garnier Valletti (1808–1889) was a botanist and modeller whose hyper-realistic wax models of fruit were highly sought after throughout the 19th century. Valletti received at least 32 medals at international fairs and exhibitions and served as the official modeller for the Austrian crown in Vienna before being employed to create exquisite table displays of fruit at the court of the Tsar Nicholas I in St. Petersburg. On his return to Turn in 1848, Valletti joined forces with the French entrepreneur Auguste Burdin. Burdin used Valletti’s facsimile models to advertise his extensive inventory of seeds which included over 1,200 varieties of fruit and vegetables. The remnants of this extraordinary pomological collection are housed in the Museo della Frutta in Turin. The innovative venture failed after only a few years however Valletti continued to make models of fruit and vegetables until his death in 1889 during which time he supplied Prince Henry of Orange with 870 fruit models for the School of Agronomy in Amsterdam.