Mastering Terracotta: the Florence of della Robbia
Brun Fine Art, London
As an international gallery specialised in prestigious Italian and Continental sculpture, antique furniture, and decorative works of art, Brun Fine Art will present works of absolute beauty and museum-quality.
A main point of attraction at the stand will be a della Robbia glazed polychrome terracotta, a unique piece that has attracted considerable critical acclaim and acquired a noteworthy collecting history.
Other important pieces will be the superb Carrara marble bust of Pope Alexander VIII by Pietro Baratta, the 18th century micro mosaic tabletop by Giacomo Raffaelli, and a Benedetto Buglioni terracotta with partial polychrome glaze depicting St Joseph: the latter, silent and absorbed in an attitude of deep meditation, has mature but vigorous features, a thick beard and incipient balding - a rare independent sculpture of St Joseph.
Finally, a Sicilian Neoclassical giltwood and reverse painted glass console, formerly at Mereworth Castle, Kent, will provide the visitors with an excellent example of a rare type of reverse glass painted furniture, particularly favoured by the Sicilian aristocracy of the late 18th century. It is one of four identical console tables that left their original location at an unknown date; one of which is now at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, with a second at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, and a third one formerly also in the collection of Lady Anne Tree as a pair to ours. A Fontana ‘taglio’ and a Castellani monochrome nail painting will also complement the display.