A Pair of Large Antique Italian Pietra Dura Panels, after Corbarelli

GBP 89,995.00

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Object Description

Each inlaid with various marbles and semi-precious stones including lapis lazuli, agate, verde antico, and Siena depicting twin handled floral filled vases, on a black ground within white marble moulded frames,em labelled with dynamo tape to the reverse ‘ST MICHAELS/BURSAR’,/em emeach 71cm high, 48cm wide. /em(2)

Provenance: Sir Frederick Arthur Gore Ouseley, 2nd Baronet (1825-1889), composer, organist, musicologist and priest, he was a precentor of Hereford Cathedral and Professor of Music at Oxford. In 1851 Ouseley travelled the Continent for nearly a year visiting many churches and cathedrals, including those in Florence, Siena and Rome, it was at this time he made plans for the building of a church. Ouseley founded the College of St Michaels’s at Tenbury in 1856, which was to set new standards in church music, he was both the patron and paid for the construction of the church and the connected college buildings.

Michael’s College closed in 1985 and Ouseley’s library is now housed in the Bodleian, Oxford. This pair of pietre dure panels are after a panel from the altar of Santa Giustina, Padua, created by the Corbarelli workshops and executed in the 17th century (See A. Giusti, emPietre Dure and the Art of Florentine Inlay, London, 2006, fig. 88/em). Similar types of vases can also be seen on cabinets dating to emcirca /em1610-20 such as the one with a view of Villa La Petraia, executed by the Grand Ducal workshops and housed in the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence (See A. Giusti, emPietre Dure – Hardstone Furniture and Decorations/em, London, 1992, pl. 37).

Object Condition

Good structural condition. Historic repairs. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor Losses, scuffs, and scratches.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:47.5 x H:70.5 x D:4 centimeters
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Dealer Location


From the M50 / Ross-on-Wye
At the end of the M50 take the A40 towards Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth. Take the A49 Hereford Road (third roundabout after leaving the M50) Ignore the first two signposts for Wormelow, Stay on the A49 for approximately nine miles take the next left turn after passing the Pilgrim Hotel, singed A466 Wormelow. Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side, the site is called; Grove Farm / The Grove.

From A49 Hereford
Follow the A49 south from Hereford for approximately five miles. After the uphill section at the Callow there is a layby on your right followed by one on your left. Take the next right turn onto the A466 singed Wormelow / Monmouth, Follow the road for approximately 400 meters. We are located on the right hand side on Grove Farm / The Grove.

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