A Finely Carved Florentine Table With A Spectacular Marble Top
A Finely Carved Florentine Table With A Spectacular Marble Top
A Finely Carved Florentine Table With A Spectacular Marble Top

PIETRO BAZZANTI (worked from c.1820)

A Finely Carved Florentine Table With A Spectacular Marble Top

1886 Italy

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A Finely Carved and Gilded Florentine Table, with a Spectacular Marble, Fluorspar and Lapis Lazuli Top by Pietro Bazzanti.

The exquisite table top is made of Fluorspar in the centre, 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 keys, roundels and masks, with four panelled and tapered legs each topped by a carved mask of Minerva.

Lapis Lazuli is a dark blue microcrystalline rock composed primarily of the mineral lazurite. It often sparkles with golden pyrite inclusions and usually occurs in crystalline limestones as a result of contact metamorphism. Lapis Lazuli has been highly valued for many thousands of years. Much loved by the ancients, from Mesopotamia, to Egypt, to Persia, to Greece and on to Rome. It was used by the ancient Egyptians in many religious ceremonies, and was often used as an inscription stone for various passages from the Book of the Dead. Lapis Lazuli was also one of the stones in the 'Breastplate of Judgement' of Aaron, described in the Bible (Exodus: xxviii, 15-30). The Romans believed that lapis was a powerful aphrodisiac, and in the Middle Ages, it was thought to keep the limbs healthy and free the soul from error, envy and fear.
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.
Dimensions
Height 91.00 cm (35.83 inches)
Width 198.00 cm (77.95 inches)
Depth 99.00 cm (38.98 inches)
Stock Code
B71461
Medium
Giltwood, Marble, Fluorspar, Lapis Lazuli
Signed/Inscribed
The table top is signed underneath ‘Pietro Bazzanti e Figlio, 30 Giugno 1886, Firenze’.
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Adrian Alan
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