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An Italian engraved ivory and mother-of-pearl inlaid ebony cabinet by Giovanni Battista Gatti, second half of 19th century
decorated on all sides in the Renaissance taste, with scrolls, grotesques and vedute of the Pantheon and the so-called Vesta temple in Rome on the sides, the fall front adorned with a cypher IBC and the portrait of Raffaello, opening to reveal four drawers, the third one with cats pattern, the last one stamped G.B. GATTI underneath
Haut. 35,5 cm, larg. 27 cm, prof. 23 cm ; height 14 in., width 10 2/3 in., depth 9 in.
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Giovanni Battista Gatti (1816-1889) was one of the most distinguished Italian ébénistes and intarsiatore of the 19th century. Having studied in Florence, he established his own workshop at his hometown Faenza. From 1843 he worked in Roma for Cardinal Amat, the Pope's chancellor, who allowed him a place to work in the palazzo della Cancelleria; he also had a shop 47 via Sistina.
Gatti attended to Europe's international industrial and cultural expos, at the 'Paris Expositions Universelles' in 1855, 1867 and 1878, at London in 1862 and Vienna in 1873. He enjoyed the support of imperial, aristocratic and ecclesiastical patrons in Europe including the Austrian Emperor. His limited production may be explained by the fact that he had not any apprentices or helpers in his workshop. Due to problems with his eyesight, he stopped working in 1881 and donated a part of his works to the Pinacoteca di Faenza.

The Renaissance Revival manner pioneered by Italian craftsmen during the first half of the century and was established as the dominant aesthetic mode in the 1860's and 1870's. During his training in Florence with the Dominican brother Girolamo Bianchedi and the craftman Luigi Falcini, Gatti learnt the art of wooden marquetry; later in Rome, he focused on ebony veneered works inlaid with ivory and mother-of-pearl.
Our cabinet figures some decorative patterns often seen on Gatti's objects, such as medaillons of famous men - here Raffaello after his self-portrait from the Uffizi - , cats - a hint to his last name - and vedute of the main Roman monuments: there was a similar view of the Pantheon on the table sold 125 000 € in these rooms, 11 April 2018, lot 301.

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