January 19, 2017, 10:00 AM GMT
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Lot 212: AN ITALIAN GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED BURR WALNUT AND EBONISED TABERNACLE(306 views)
PROBABLY ROME, EARLY 18TH CENTURY |
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Description: surmounted by a broken pediment topped with gilt-bronze finial with the coat of arms of the Grimani family, the upper part with an empty round cavity and brass gallery flanked by Solomonic columns, the lower part with a central door centred by the Grimani coat of arms and enclosing a single compartment
Some of the gilt-bronze statuettes are detachable. The gallery possibly later, the upper case backing altered at some point. The lower-left side statuette with its plinth broken and re-attached. One segment of moulding to the top, circa 2.5cm. long, is detached but present. All four columns with some movement, the lower pair with secure but detached bases. Some old restorations to the veneer, including filling to old woodworm holes (the woodworm appears to be no longer active). The base with one further segment of moulded border detached but present. The interior of the tabernacle niche with worn and stained red velvet lining. The lock with key in good working order. A very rare piece.
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Dimensions: 76cm. high, 38cm. wide; 2ft. 6in., 1ft. 3in.
Literature: Alvar González-Palacios, Il tempio del gusto : Roma e il Regno delle Due Sicilie, Milan, 1984, II, fig. 104;
Alvar González-Palacios, Arredi e ornamenti alla corte di Roma, Milan, 2004.
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