Pair of marble specimen centre tables by Giocomo Raffaelli

These centre tables are part of a richly layered family tradition of stocking Burton Constable with luxurious continental furniture.

Details

Medium:
Gilt wood & marble
Dimensions:
89 x 176 x 68 cm
Art Fund grant:
£70,750 ( Total: £270,000)
Acquired in:
1991
Vendor:
Wellington Antiques Ltd

They illustrate the final phase of Grand Tour collecting. The Roman version of the Empire fashion has never appealed widely to British connoisseurs and is therefore only scantily represented in this country. There are few more expressive examples of this style than these tables. Monumentally scaled and polychromatic (thanks to the marbles), they could be represented as the last gasp of the Roman baroque tradition, bold, sculptural and palatial. These works were acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.

Provenance

Sir Clifford Constable, Yorkshire. Sotheby's 1989.

Venue details

Burton Constable Hall Burton Constable, SKIRLAUGH East Yorkshire HU11 4LN 01964 562400 www.burtonconstable.com

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