A Finely Carved Florentine Table With A Spectacular Marble Top
DimensionsHeight: 91 cm (36 in)
Width: 198 cm (78 in)
Depth: 99 cm (39 in)
A Finely Carved and Gilded Florentine Table, with a Spectacular Marble, Fluorspar and Lapis Lazuli Top by Pietro Bazzanti.
The table top is signed underneath ‘Pietro Bazzanti e Figlio, 30 Giugno 1886, Firenze’.
The centre of the table top is made of Fluorspar, a type of quartz from the Sahara Desert, with a blue Lapis Lazuli border, all surrounded by green Verde Antico marble. The giltwood base is finely carved with Greek key, roundels and masks, with four panelled and tapered legs, each headed by a carved mask of Minerva.
Italy, Dated 1886.
Signed 'Pietro Bazzanti e Figlio, 30 Giugno 1886, Firenze'.
Pietro Bazzanti was one of the leading marble sculptors working in Italy in the nineteenth century. He specialised in allegorical subjects as well as pieces inspired by Antique and Renaissance sculpture.
His gallery in Florence, Pietro Bazzanti e Figlio, originally Bazzanti’s studio, was established in 1822 as a showroom for his work. Bazzanti exhibited with success at many of the great international exhibitions of the period, including the Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition in 1876 and the Boston exhibition of 1883.
Regarded as one of the most talented sculptors of his day, his studio became a centre for other important sculptors such as Ferdinando Vichi, Cesare Lapini and Guglielmo Pugi. Such was the high regard in which he was held, that many of these sculptor’s works are inscribed ‘Galleria Bazzanti’.
In addition to sculpture the Bazzanti workshop was also known for the production of spectacular specimen marble table tops for the grand tour.
The Lew Whiteman Collection. Lew Whiteman was a wealthy Australian, who whilst he never travelled outside of Australia, he had a buyer who travelled throughout Europe buying for him.