Delightful de Lucci tables bought for V&A and National Museums Scotland

A pair of 17th-century Baroque tables by Lucio de Lucci have been bought for the V&A and National Museums Scotland with help from the Art Fund.

The tables originally came up for auction in July 2011, but a temporary export bar was placed on them, providing time to raise money to keep them in the country.

The tables

Made in Venice between 1685 and 1688, the tables feature elaborate marquetry tops depicting scenes of war on a decorative veneer employing a range of exotic materials. They may have been made for Doge Francesco Morosini, commander of the Venetian forces during the 1680s. The 5th Duke of Buccleuch acquired the tables in 1833, and they remained at Dalkeith Palace until sold in 1971.

The tables will go on initial display at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh from 20 June to 30 September. Martin Roth, Director of the V&A, said, “These tables are of exceptional importance. Although the V&A collections are rich in earlier Italian furniture, the table we have acquired will be a valuable addition to our 17th-century offer and its military subject matter depicting warring Turkish and European forces will allow us to present visitors with a wider geographical understanding of Europe at this time.”

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