TALY - MID 18TH CENTURY
Carved and gilded wood, the belt and sides decorated with a central mantling motif decorated with a mascaron with a woman's head on a lattice background. It rests on four very arched feet surmounted by a female bust finished by hooves and an acanthus leaf. Sicilian Jasper top
H. 90.5 cm. (35 2/3 in.), W. 125 cm. (49 ¼ in.), D. 85 cm. (33 1/2 in.)
Sicilian jasper is a hard stone considered in Florence in the early years of the 17th century as the most used for major works. The Medici are at the origin of its importation in Florence, they covered the walls of the Chapel of the Princes with it.
This stone is rarely found on the market, the vein must have dried up very quickly after the decoration of the Chapel of the Princes, which monopolized most of the extraction.
A few old blocks, most certainly dating from the "Medici" period of the grand-ducal factory of hard stones in Florence, circulated in the 17th and early 18th centuries.
The Wallace collection in London preserves objects in Sicilian jasper decorated with golden bronzes, including a fabulous cassolette mounted by Gouthière, which belonged successively to the Duke of Aumont, then to Queen Marie-Antoinette.
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