Florentine picture panel auctions with 424% increase on estimate

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2015-06-26 13:21:01

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Florentine picture panel auctions with 424% increase on estimate

A 17th century Florentine 'pietre dura' picture panel made $234,000 in London

A 17th century Florentine picture panel has sold with outstanding results in Bonhams' Fine European Furniture auction, which was held on July 4 in London.

Florentine picture panelThe panel was created using the 'pietre dura' technique, a style of inlay that uses cut and fitted coloured stones

The panel was created using stone marquetry and most probably originates from the Grand Ducal workshops in Florence. It realised an impressive 157,250 ($233,938), achieving a 424.1% increase on its 25,000 high estimate.

The panel sold with a later English table, into which it was once set.

Depicting a coastal scene, the panel's composition and use of stones relates closely to a group of panels attributed to Baccio Capelli, who was a leading artist in the Grand Ducal workshops and whose work is now housed in the Museo dell'Opficio delle Pietre Dure.

On July 4, a late-renaissance period marble tabletop sold for 962,500 ($1.5m) at Sotheby's. It was thought to have been commissioned by the prominent Della-Rovere family.

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