A Tuscan 'Restaurazione' Scagliola Centre Table

H: 32.5 in / 82 cm  |  Dia: 36 in / 91 cm


Of circular form, constructed in carved giltwood, with a scagliola top of excellent quality; supported by three oblate feet, the incurved tripartite vertically reeded base with a central naturalistically carved tree trunk, set about with three giltwood dolphins; the inset circular scagliola top depicting a polychrome decorated capriccio of peasants in a ruined Roman temple landscape, framed within a border of oak leaves.
Italian, Circa 1825


The top almost certainly Pietro Della Valle


Three directly comparable table tops by Pietro Della Valle are illustrated in ‘Italian Empire Furniture’ by Enrico Colle, the eminent Italian furniture historian, published in 1998 by Elemond Editori of Milan, on pages 220 & 221. The common usage of the oak and acorn leaf border and Roman capriccios are repeated leitmotifs in the oeuvre of Della Valle, a scagliola worker from Leghorn (Livorno), who worked in the Duchy of Lucca in the early 19th century. In 1846, a guide to Livorno and its environs mentioned his ‘painting and compositional skills’.

REF No. 7500

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