10 juillet 2011

An Italian ormolu-mounted, specimen hardston, tortoiseshell and ebony cabinet-on-stand. circa 1700, probably Florence

An Italian  ormolu-mounted, specimen hardston, tortoiseshell and ebony cabinet-on-stand. circa 1700, probably Florence, embellished circa 1860 when the stand was constructed. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd., 2011 Pewter-strung throughout, the pediment with central female figure flanked by putti above an architectural facade, with eight drawers and three concealed internal drawers, inlaid with specimen stones including diaspri di Sicilia, jaspé du Mont Blanc, rouge griotte, alabastro fiorito, flame agate and lapiz... [Lire la suite]
30 mai 2011

Cabinet en ébène à panneaux de pierres dures. Travail italien, probablement florentin, de la fin du XVIIe siècle

Cabinet en ébène à panneaux de pierres dures. Travail italien, probablement florentin, de la fin du XVIIe siècle. Photo Pierre Bergé & associés la façade ouvrant à un grand tiroir dans le haut et onze petits tiroirs, ornée de quinze plaques dites paesina, deux plaques en marqueterie de pierres dures à décor de paysages et divers éléments de marbres et panneaux peints à l'imitation du marbre ; ornementation de cuivre verni. (sur un piétement métallique moderne). H_68 cm L_98 cm P_50 cm - Estimation : 8 000 - 10 000 €... [Lire la suite]
16 mars 2011

Coupe aquamanile « Fantastique » Florence, milieu du XVIe siècle

Coupe aquamanile « Fantastique » Florence, milieu du XVIe siècle. photos Marc-Arthur Kohn Matériau Marbre blanc H. 17 cm, L. 36 cm, P. 28 cm - Estimation : 150 000 - 180 000 € Cette rarissime coupe en marbre blanc de forme ovale présente un surprenant décor sculpté caractéristique de l'art maniériste florentin des années 1540-1570. Un visage fantastique, mi-animal mi-démon, sert de dégueuloir. Il révèle la virtuosité du sculpteur qui a su rendre toute l'agressivité du sujet, la crainte qu'il inspire, lui... [Lire la suite]
08 janvier 2011

Research by Italians Confirms that Raphael's 'Madonna dell Granduca' was Amended

Raphael's Madonna dell Granduca. FLORENCE.- An X-ray analysis has shown that the dark background that appears in one of the most famous paintings by Raphael, the Madonna dell Granduca, is not original, but was added by a painter, who is still unknown. It was until the seventeenth century, that the painting, which is housed at the Pitti Palace in Florence, that in the background of the painting architectural structures and a landscape were seen, according to research done by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (an art restoration... [Lire la suite]
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08 décembre 2010

An Italian hardstones and pietre tenere table top, incorporating panels from the Grand Ducal Workshops, Florence, 17th/18th cent

An Italian hardstones and pietre tenere table top, incorporating panels from the Grand Ducal Workshops, Florence, 17th-18th century. photo Sotheby's of rectangular form with an alabastro listato border incorporating fourteen panels including four medallions with landscape views with a rectangular panel with similar views at each corner flanking two rows of rectangular panels with a bird on a branch on a granito `del Foro' ground; 130cm x 65cm; 4ft.3in., 2ft.1½in. Estimate 80,000—120,000 GBP. Lot Sold 111,650 GBP NOTE:... [Lire la suite]
13 novembre 2010

Lucien de Samosate. Florence, [Lorenzo d'Alopa], 1496

Lucien de Samosate. Florence, [Lorenzo d'Alopa], 1496. photo Audap & Mirabaud - Paris in-folio (330 x 235 mm) de 260 (sur 264) ff., reliure italienne du XVIIIe siècle vélin ivoire, dos à cinq nerfs plats orné de fleurons dorés, pièce de titre de maroquin vieux rouge. RARE ET PRECIEUSE EDITION PRINCEPS DES DIALOGUES DE LUCIEN, ENTIEREMENT IMPRIMEE EN GREC ET PUBLIEE PAR JANUS LASCARIS. Hain-Copinger, 10258*. - Polain, 2522 (un seul exemplaire détruit pendant la guerre). - Oates, 2441. - Indice dei incunabuli, 5834. -... [Lire la suite]
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08 novembre 2010

Cabinet aux pierres dures. Florence, Première moitié du XVIIe siècle

Cabinet aux pierres dures. Florence, Première moitié du XVIIe siècle. photo courtesy Kohn - Paris Bâti en sapin, placage d'ébène et de bois noirci, ivoire et filets, lapis-lazuli, agate, jaspe, porphyre, vert antique, marbre byzantin et bronzes dorés. H. 171, 5 cm, L. 118 cm, P. 46 cmPROVENANCE: Collection particulière, FranceNOTE: La façade présente des lignes architecturales élaborées, scandée au registre principal par six colonnes à chapiteau corinthien délimitant des niches cintrées à doubles colonnes encadrant un flambeau... [Lire la suite]
10 juin 2010

Galileo Lost Tooth, Fingers Go on Show at Galileo Museum in Florence

Fingers belonging to Italian scientist Galileo are displayed in a reliquary at the Galileo Museum in Florence. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico FLORENCE (REUTERS).- A tooth, thumb and finger cut off from the body of renowned Italian scientist Galileo, who died in 1642, go on display this week in Florence after an art collector found them by chance last year. The body parts, along with another finger and a vertebrae, were cut from Galileo's corpse by scientists and historians during a burial ceremony 95 years after his death.... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2010

Giuseppe Piamontini (1664 - 1742), Milo of Croton. Italy, Florence, circa 1729

Giuseppe Piamontini (1664 - 1742), Milo of Croton. Italy, Florence, circa 1729. photo Sotheby's bronze, on later black slate base, light golden brown patina beneath traces of red-gold transluscent varnish and brown lacquer. height 17 1/8 in.; 43.4 cm. Est. 70,000—90,000 USD. Lot Sold 302,500 USD PROVENANCE: Alex Wengraf, Ltd. LITERATURE AND REFERENCES: Leithe-Jasper and Wengraf 2004, p. 260; Zikos 2005, figs. 39 and 40, pp. 52 and 54 (illus.) NOTE: This fine bronze, meticulously chased in Piamontini's... [Lire la suite]
21 novembre 2009

Museum of the History of Science in Florence to Show Fingers, Tooth Said to be Galileo's

In this image provided by Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza di Firenze shows a finger attributed to Galileo Galilei. A Florence museum says, Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, two fingers and a tooth believed to belong to Galileo Galilei have been found and will go on display next spring. AP Photo/Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza di Firenze. ROME (AP).- A Florence museum says two fingers and a tooth believed to belong to Galileo Galilei have been found and will go on display next spring. Three fingers and a tooth were taken... [Lire la suite]