A late-Renaissance table top, drawn from one of England's most prominent stately homes, is to auction at Sotheby's London on July 3.
Brought from Florence to England in 1840, the table top, which is estimated to be worth £1.2m ($1.9m), is among the grandest and most elaborately decorated of its kind.
The dazzling table boasts a reputed Medici provenance: a pattern comprised of four acorns indicates that the Della Rovere family (who ruled the Dukedom of Urbino, a walled city situated in Italy's Marche region)commissioned the table.
Commenting on the forthcoming sale, which is entitled Treasures, Princely Taste, Deputy Chairman of Sotheby's Europe Mario Tavella said: "Each of the magnificent pieces in this sale meets the definition of a 'treasure'.
"In addition to their desirability relating to the sumptuous materials of which they are composed and the craftsmanship of the greatest artists of their time, these treasures - formerly the preserve of kings, princes and popes - each carry with them a fascinating story."
Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles we currently have this exceptional antique cabinet in stock.