Pietra Dura Panel depicting a Greek Merchant of the Ottoman Empire
Pietra Dura Panel depicting a Greek Merchant of the Ottoman Empire
Pietra Dura Panel depicting a Greek Merchant of the Ottoman Empire

Attributed to ANTONIO CIOCCI (c.1732-1792)

Pietra Dura Panel depicting a Greek Merchant of the Ottoman Empire

c. 1780 Florence

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Antonio Ciocci was a painter and engraver in Florence in the second half of the eighteenth century. By 1770 he had been appointed Director of the Opficio delle Pietre Dure, the official Florentine body dedicated to the cutting of hard stone. He was responsible for the decoration of the Villa La Tana at Candeli and the ducal villa at Poggio Imperiale. Interestingly, as with this composition of a standing Turk, he often favoured the use of Egyptian porphyry as a ground. The export of pietra dura work was extremely important to the Florentine economy and the choice of Ottoman subject matter would no doubt have been influenced by the growing fashion for Le gout turc at the French Royal Court.

“Soon after Marie-Antoinette ascended the throne in France in 1774, the young queen embraced a new fashion for interiors à la turc. This style grew out of a taste for neoclassical decoration initiated about 1770 by architects and designers who had studied ancient architecture in Italy. To the classical motifs, le goût turc called for the addition of turbaned figures, camels, crossed crescents, pearls, and other decorative elements associated with the Ottoman Empire. Such an eccentric style was reserved for the decoration of private spaces, boudoirs, or cabinets, which gave designers and architects more freedom than was permitted in public apartments at court or in aristocratic residences.” (from the introduction of the recent exhibition catalogue: 'Turkish Taste at the Court of Marie-Antoinette' held at the Frick Collection from June 8th through September 11th, 2011)

Dominique Daguerre (c. 1740-89) was one of the leading merchants in Paris at the end of 18th Century, and under his direction Adam Weisweiler incorporated panels, supplied by Daguerre, to execute a pair of cabinets, one of which bears a pietra dura panel of a Turk in traditional costume, closely related to the panel offered here.
Dimensions
Height 18.50 cm (7.28 inches)
Width 14.00 cm (5.51 inches)
Stock Code
5865
Medium
Pietra Dura Panel
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