Frame

Ref: 2621
  • Designer / Maker

    Designed and carved by Egisto Gajani (1832-90)

  • Detail

    Walnut, with mirror glass(of later date)

    86 x 65 x 6 cm

    Italian (Florence), circa 1867

  • Provenance

    […]; New York art market, 2023

  • Literature

    Simone Chiarugi, Botteghe di Mobilieri in Toscana 1780-1900, II, Florence, 1991, fig. 438 (for a contemporary photograph of a virtually identical frame, dated 1866) – see below.  The 1866 photograph is in the collection of MAK, Vienna (KI 2903-1885).  We are grateful to Christian Witt-Döring for this information).  

    The Illustrated Catalogue of the Universal Exhibition Published with the Art Journal, London, 1868, p.125 (for a virtually identical frame) – see below

  • Note

    The Art Journal catalogue (above) writes: ‘This very beautiful FRAME is the work of EGISTO GAJANI of FLORENCE; a most charming composition, carved with exceeding refinement.  It is one of those productions that may be valued as a high effort of the sculptor, although classed among the Art-manufactures.  He is a true artist by whom it has been planned and executed.  The Italian Court is very rich in this class of produce – objects deserving of study; it would seem as if its artisans were endowed with the gift of genius – as if the tool was in their hands as an instrument conveying thought.  It would be difficult to write in terms to high of this admirable”creation” of mind and labour.’

    Some of the extremities of this frame were missing and have been restored based on the Art Journal illustration.