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16th Century Table Has Medici Connection

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16th Century Table Has Medici Connection

Postby Rowan » Thu July 8th, 2010, 12:39 pm

In honour of the fact that CW's book on Catherine is the book of the month, I thought I'd post this:

In 1989, an engraved, ivory-inlaid rosewood table was purchased for £6,000. The table was known to date to the 16th century and is a beautiful example of Renaissance craftsmanship. Since then, Sotheby's specialists have discovered that the piece was part of the notable collection of the Medici family. It was put up for auction Tuesday and expected to fetch at least £500,000. It actually sold for a hammer price of £800,000 (£937,250 including buyer's premium).

The table was commissioned sometime between 1596 and 1598 by the Duke of Urbino, Francesco Maria II della Rovere, possibly to commemorate his wedding. The design of intertwining oak leaves includes the arms of the della Rovere family and the insignia of the Order of the Golden Fleece. It may have been made by Maestro Giorgio Tedesco and Giulio Lupi.


Further information, including photographs can be found here:

Source Article
Artdail.org - with photograph of the inlaid ivory

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Postby fljustice » Thu July 8th, 2010, 5:01 pm

Beautiful work! You don't see that kind of artistry these days.
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Postby Margaret » Fri July 9th, 2010, 6:24 am

What a poignant note:

“I am sending to Your Highness all the jewels that remain in this house, after so much misfortune; and I am sending them to you whilst I am still alive because after my death who knows what will happen, Your Highness should receive them willingly as a demonstration of my affection poured out for you, and in your time may they adorn you; remembering first to adorn your soul with those virtues that are appropriate for ladies of your rank, and which make you ever more dear to your husband, his Serene Highness. And I kiss your hands.”


I would covet that table, except I'd probably just spill spaghetti sauce or something on it.
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Postby Rowan » Fri July 9th, 2010, 3:19 pm

LOL! Margaret.

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Postby LoveHistory » Fri July 9th, 2010, 3:46 pm

Wow! Just wow!


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