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Auction archive: Lot number 581

Italian Renaissance Walnut Center Table

Estimate
US$10,000 - US$15,000
Price realised:
US$15,000
Auction archive: Lot number 581

Italian Renaissance Walnut Center Table

Estimate
US$10,000 - US$15,000
Price realised:
US$15,000
Beschreibung:

Italian Renaissance Walnut Center Table 16th Century The rectangular top raised on a lyre-form trestle base with scrolling chimeras flanking a grotesque mask, the pierced center support with an oval cartouche surmounted by a winged grotesque head, the apron with a grotesque mask and flanked by acanthus carved chimeras, on a stretcher. Height 33 inches (83.8 cm), width 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m), depth 28 inches (71.1 cm). Provenance: Duveen Brothers, New York Collection of H. Bartow Farr, American Art Association/Anderson Galleries, New York, January 15-16, 1932, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 2, 1957, By descent to the present owner The influence of ancient Roman design is found in the present table, with its fantastic human and animal figures terminating in leafage, called grotesques, a word derived from the Italian grotteschi. The inspiration for these designs is described by the Renaissance goldsmith and artist Benvenuto Cellini in his autobiography (1558-1563) as coming from the subterranean remains of the Domus Aurea, Nero's 'Golden House', started in 64 AD, filled in over the centuries and rediscovered in circa 1480. Viewers had to be lowered into the ruins, which were described as 'grottoes', thereby establishing the basis for the word. Artists were especially fascinated the decoration on the walls and began integrating into their work, especially Raphael, who used it in his decoration for the loggias in the Vatican. The grotesque motifs were disseminated contemporaneously throughout the fine and decorative arts, and their use is seen in the magnificent pietre dure and marble Farnese Table, now in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The architect Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola was commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (1520-1589) to design the table for the main hall of the Palazzo Farnese in Rome. C
Beautiful quality, lovely color, old marks and scratches throughout commensurate with age, worm damage throughout, the undersides of the ends of the table with patches, one lacking, chips to edges of top, center support formerly painted probably with a coat of arms on both sides, central support later, now with a fillet below central support due to shrinkage, age crack and shrinkage to top of one head, replacement and repair to bottom of one side, trestle supports with wood worm throughout, repairs and replacements to top supports of trestles, chips and losses to carving of trestles, plinths under feet later

Auction archive: Lot number 581
Auction:
Datum:
26 Oct 2016
Auction house:
Doyle New York - Auctioneers & Appraisers
East 87th Street 75
New York, NY 10128
United States
[email protected]
+1 (0)212 4272730
Beschreibung:

Italian Renaissance Walnut Center Table 16th Century The rectangular top raised on a lyre-form trestle base with scrolling chimeras flanking a grotesque mask, the pierced center support with an oval cartouche surmounted by a winged grotesque head, the apron with a grotesque mask and flanked by acanthus carved chimeras, on a stretcher. Height 33 inches (83.8 cm), width 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m), depth 28 inches (71.1 cm). Provenance: Duveen Brothers, New York Collection of H. Bartow Farr, American Art Association/Anderson Galleries, New York, January 15-16, 1932, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, May 2, 1957, By descent to the present owner The influence of ancient Roman design is found in the present table, with its fantastic human and animal figures terminating in leafage, called grotesques, a word derived from the Italian grotteschi. The inspiration for these designs is described by the Renaissance goldsmith and artist Benvenuto Cellini in his autobiography (1558-1563) as coming from the subterranean remains of the Domus Aurea, Nero's 'Golden House', started in 64 AD, filled in over the centuries and rediscovered in circa 1480. Viewers had to be lowered into the ruins, which were described as 'grottoes', thereby establishing the basis for the word. Artists were especially fascinated the decoration on the walls and began integrating into their work, especially Raphael, who used it in his decoration for the loggias in the Vatican. The grotesque motifs were disseminated contemporaneously throughout the fine and decorative arts, and their use is seen in the magnificent pietre dure and marble Farnese Table, now in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The architect Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola was commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (1520-1589) to design the table for the main hall of the Palazzo Farnese in Rome. C
Beautiful quality, lovely color, old marks and scratches throughout commensurate with age, worm damage throughout, the undersides of the ends of the table with patches, one lacking, chips to edges of top, center support formerly painted probably with a coat of arms on both sides, central support later, now with a fillet below central support due to shrinkage, age crack and shrinkage to top of one head, replacement and repair to bottom of one side, trestle supports with wood worm throughout, repairs and replacements to top supports of trestles, chips and losses to carving of trestles, plinths under feet later

Auction archive: Lot number 581
Auction:
Datum:
26 Oct 2016
Auction house:
Doyle New York - Auctioneers & Appraisers
East 87th Street 75
New York, NY 10128
United States
[email protected]
+1 (0)212 4272730
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