Lot 261

Attributed to Giovanni Battista GATTI (Florence, 1816-1889) Throne of Bacchus Curl chair in ivory and dark wood marquetry, the straight architectural backrest decorated with a scene of Bacchante with a vase in the upper part and a Faun milking a goat in the lower part. The whole is decorated with grotesques, rinceaux, chimeras and mascarons. Height 128.5, Width 58.5, Depth 51 cm. (as is). Provenance: former collection of the castle of Loncheray-en-Maine et Loire; by descent, Touraine. Ivory inlaid throne of Bacchus attributed to Gatti. Giovanni Battista Gatti is an Italian cabinetmaker specialized in ivory, ebony and tortoiseshell marquetry. In the 19th century, the historicist movement brought back the techniques and motifs of the past. In Italy, the Renaissance is copied as the model of a golden age. Gatti thus takes up the grotesque motifs that were popularized by Raphael in the Vatican Lodges following the discovery of the decorations of Nero's Domus Aurea excavated in the 16th century. Italian cabinetmakers are famous for their ivory and ebony cabinets, especially in the Neapolitan region around 1600. In the second half of the 19th century, Gatti and his emulators revived these traditions for prestigious furniture presented at the universal exhibitions at which the cabinetmaker triumphed, notably in Paris in 1855, 1867 and 1878. Specimen in ivory (elephantidae spp) pre-convention. Prior to 1 July 1947. For an exit of the European Union, a CITES re-export will be necessary. This will be at the expense of the buyer.