An Irish Georgian Chimneypiece of white statuary carrara and grey bardiglio marble with inlaid scagliola panels.
An Irish Georgian Chimneypiece of white statuary carrara and grey bardiglio marble with inlaid scagliola panels.
An Irish Georgian Chimneypiece of white statuary carrara and grey bardiglio marble with inlaid scagliola panels.

An Irish Georgian Chimneypiece of white statuary carrara and grey bardiglio marble with inlaid scagliola panels.

c. 1790 Ireland

Offered by Frank Partridge

£75,000 gbp
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The fluted pilasters carved with urns in the centre, a uniquely Irish characteristic, found
mostly in Dublin. The scagliola panels, which consist of pale green and blue foliage, are
in the manner of Pietro Bossi, an Italian stuccadore resident in Dublin between 1785
and 1798.
Peter Bossi:
Peter Bossi is believed to have been an Italian craftsman working in
Dublin from 1785 until 1798, when he was allegedly implicated in the
revolutionary movement and forced to leave. The Dublin trade
directories describe him as “inlayer in Marble and Stucco-worker” and
list that he worked from No. 22 and later, No. 38 Fleet Street. It is said
that Bossi jealously guarded the secret of his method and took every
precaution against his work being imitated. In some accounts he is said to
have been patronised by a wealthy Irish nobleman who attempted to
discover the mysterious process. When Bossi realized that he was being
spied on, he left the country immediately. Whether it was this or the
revolutionary movement that forced him to go will never be known.
Certainly, it does seem a little unlikely that he was the only man who
understood the inlayering process since the style and method of making
these mantelpieces is so similar to 17th century Florentine inlaid marble
work. Such work was usually made by chiseling out the white marble
ground in defined patterns and filling up the grooves with coloured
marble compositions or earth pastes of various colours. The designs were
Adam style patterns, usually of naturalistic leaves and flowers.
Dimensions
Height 1397.00 cm (550.00 inches)
Width 1803.00 cm (709.84 inches)
Depth 178.00 cm (70.08 inches)
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