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|A superb ormolu and cast iron center table with specimen marble top by Giacomo Raffaelli, Rome, 1831. Retaining its original hand-written catalogue citing its commission by Lord John and Lady Augusta Kennedy-Erskine along with a diagram and itemized list of each specimen. The base is after a design by Percier and Fontaine.|
|Location of Origin: Europe|
|Medium/Materials: cast iron, specimen marble|
|Dimensions: 32'' h, 35 1/2'' dia.; 81cm h, 90cm dia.|
|Primary Classification: Antiques, Decorative Arts and Furniture : Antique Furniture : Tables - Center|
|Raffaelli came to prominence in 1780 and was appointed Principal of the School of Mosaics in Milan in 1804, where he began work for the Napoleonic Court. Two clocks by him were presented by Napoleon as gifts, the first, signed by Raffaelli dated 1804, to Marachal Bernadotte and the other to Pope Pius VII, which is now in the chateau de Fontainebleau. Pope Pius later offered to Princess Eugine a comparable table, which is now in the Hotel Matignon. A pair of tables by him are now on display at Temple Newsam House (Christopher Gilbert, Furniture at Temple Newsam House, Leeds, 1988, Vol III, no 857, pages 681-684, color figs 18-20.) These tables were acquired by Clifford Constable of Burton Constable, Yorkshire, almost certainly on his honeymoon in 1827. Other objects by Raffaelli are at Syon House, Middlesex and in the Gilbert Collection, London.|
Our table was acquired from Raffaelli on March 8th 1831 by Lord John and Lady Augusta Kennedy-Erskine. Lady Kennedy-Erskine was born Princess Augusta, one of the daughters of the Duke of Clarence (later William IV). Married on July 5, 1827, the couple were in Italy for Lord John's health in 1831 (he suffered from consumption, and died in Pisa later that year). The table stayed in the family by descent: The Lairds of Dun, House of Dun, Angus, Scotland from 1865 to 1973.
Of the 148 specimens used for the table top, 40 are pietra dura, 31 are Oriental, 12 are antique, 7 are Egyptian, 5 are Chinese, 4 are German, 2 are Siberian, one each is from Damascus (Breccia Traccagnina), France (Marmo Rosso conchite), Labrador (feld-Spato Poaline bleu), Persian (Lapis Lazuli), and Scotland (Pudinga); the remaining specimens are from Italy and Greece.
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