Tue, 13th Sep 2022 10:00

Fine Interiors - Two Day Sale


A set of nine pietra dura panels

A set of nine pietra dura panels,
mid-17th century, Florentine, in the manner of Baccio del Bianco for the Grand Ducal workshops, comprising eight rectangular examples, each depicting two or more animals,
together with a demilune panel depicting a recumbent lion,
rectangular panels 19 x 35cm
the lunette 16 x 27cm, each in a gilt and silvered gesso frame (9)

Provenance: The Estate of Sir Jack and Lady Baer.

Literature: Anna Maria Giusti, 'Pietre Dure: Hardstone in Furniture and Decorations', London 1992, p.83, fig. 26, p.218, fig.76.

The art of inlaying hardstones for decorative use was used throughout many courts of Europe from the mid-sixteenth century, but it was at the Medici Court in Florence that it reached its apogee, particularly under the patronage of Cosimo I (r. 1569-74), his son Francesco (r. 1574-87), and Cosimo's brother Ferdinand I (r. 1587-1609), who formally established the Grand Ducal workshop, the Galleria dei Lavori, in 1588.

In the manner of Baccio del Bianco for the Grand Ducal workshops, these bear many similarities to other known examples of del Bianco’s work. Active in the first half of the 17th century, del Bianco was, according to Anna Maria Giusti, known for simple depictions of animals in energetic and spirited poses, making use of soft stones in very similar palettes to the present examples. In many of the panels offered, pale blue agate and translucent alabaster have been used to form the sky peppered with beautiful soft clouds.

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£40,000 - £60,000

Buyer's premium: 30.00% (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)

Condition Report

Panels with natural cracks to marble.
Later frames with a little wear, two with losses to frames.

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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:

Fine Interiors | fineinteriors@sworder.co.uk

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