Florentine picture panel auctions with 424% increase on estimate

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 panel
The 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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