An Italian Scagliola Table, the Top with Exceptional Trompe L’Oeil Map of Asia
The top executed by Carlo Gibertoni, Toscana, 1695, in perfect dry and untouched condition; an inscription on the top left hand corner reads: “L’ASIE, Où sout exactement decrites toutes, les constes de la mer suivant les derniers navigations, et le dedans dù Pais par Carles Gibertoni 1695”. The top rests on a later parcel gilt base, with flower decorated frieze, c-scrolling and foliate apron, on tapering legs with carved and trailing foliage.
Carlo Gibertoni was a stucco artist from Carpi (near Modena), working in Lucca and Florence in the seventeenth century. Gibertoni studied with Guido Fassi (1584-1649) and is regarded as the instrumental in developing the technique known as scagliola. There are just a few surviving tables such as this one, the most famous of which depicts the Danube river, and is displayed at the Museo Galileo, Florence (inv. 3715). Reference images included of this comparable table (final two images) from the museum.
Height: 91 cm, 35 7/8″
Width: 167 cm, 65 3/4″
Depth: 87 cm, 34 1/4″