A pietra dura panel,
late 17th century, Florentine, possibly by the Grand Ducal workshops, depicting towers in a Tuscan landscape,
Similar examples, fitted in a cabinet on stand and a casket respectively, are known in the Gilbert Collection; Anna Maria Massinelli in 'Hardstones', draws comparisons between these and a series in a cabinet formerly at Villa Poggio Imperiale, the documentation for which dates back to 1691. She remarks that this style of decoration is 'typical of the burgeoning late seventeenth-century taste for landscapes'.
Provenance: The Estate of Sir Jack and Lady Diana Baer.
Literature: A Massinelli, 'Hardstones (The Gilbert Collection)', pp.41-43, p.47.
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Later gilt frame with minor wear.
Panel - marble with crack to top right and two cracks to marble 'frame', small chips to bottom two corners.
The frame 27 x 33cm
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Auction: Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale, Tue, 13th Sep 2022
We are delighted to present a selected preview for our September Fine Interiors auction. Showcasing the very best of Florentine design, the sale is led by a group of nine 17th century pietra dura panels, all beautifully depicting animals in landscapes. The set, from the private collection of the late London art dealer, Sir Jack Baer, sit alongside another pair of a boar and camel and a single panel depicting a hilltop village.
Also featured is a Victorian stone model of the famous Uffizi Boar, as well as a selection of fine furniture and works of art from the 17th-20th centuries, including renowned makers such as Meissen, Gillows of Lancaster, and Thomas Chippendale, giving a taster of the full sale to be published soon.
A small group of highlights is currently available to view at our London Gallery in Covent Garden's Cecil Court until early September, for further details on what you can see please do not hesitate to contact us:
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