An Italian pietre dure panel, Florence, by Mario Montelatici after a painting by Vincenzo Irolli, 1931
12,000 - 18,000 GBP
An Italian pietre dure panel, Florence, by Mario Montelatici after a painting by Vincenzo Irolli,
depicting a boy smoking a pipe, signed to the lower left Montelatici / 1931, set in an ebonised wood frame
the panel: 44.5 x 30.5cm.; 1ft. 5½in. x 1ft.
framed: 74 x 60cm.; 2ft. 5⅛in. x 1ft. 11⅝in.
In overall very good condition and ready to place. The panel has been examined out of its frame and images are available upon request to the Furniture department. The frame with minor rubbing to tips of mouldings.
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A comparable panel ill. Anna Maria Massinelli, Painting in Stone, 2014, p.159.
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.