AN IMPORTANT GILTWOOD SIDE TABLE IN THE MANNER OF GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI WITH A BIANCO E NERO DI AQUITANIA MARBLE TOP

June 8 2009, 3:36pm

Rome. Circa 1770. The present table is strongly related to Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s “free and highly eclectic mode of classical design.” It features a large, striking slab of veneered bianco e nero marble, also known as Grand Antique, which came from the Pyrenees region of France. The present marble top is a superb example of a veneered surface where the craftsman has used a double bookmatch technique, meaning the adjoining surfaces have been cut from the same samples and opened to create a strikingly dramatic double-mirror-image effect. The furniture designs published by Piranesi in his Diverse Maniere d’Adornare i Camini of 1768 reveal the elaborate eclecticism that resulted from his creative adaptation of different stylistic influences in his later work. Piranesi was highly influential as one of the principal forces behind the birth and development of the neoclassical style in Europe.