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GRAND DUCAL WORKSHOPS, FLORENCE (GALLERIA DEI LAVORI), BACCIO CAPPELLI, BRONZE FIGURES BY GIROLAMO TICCIATI
PIETRA DURA, EBONY AND ORMOLU CABINET - "BADMINTON CABINET"
Executed in ebony, gilt-bronze and pietra dura, the Badminton Cabinet was commissioned by Henry Somerset, 3rd Duke of Beaufort, from the Grand Ducal workshops (Galleria dei Lavori) in Florence in 1726.

Standing 386 cm high and 232.5 cm wide, this monumental Cabinet is undoubtedly the greatest Florentine work of art of its time. It is also perhaps the most important work of the decorative arts to have been commissioned by a British patron in three hundred years. It is a triumph of the very best craftsmanship, a unique object that utilizes a broad combination of materials and forms. The Cabinet also incorporates an amazing wealth of materials, from lapis lazuli, agate and Sicilian red and green jasper, to chalcedony (calcedonio di Volterra), amethyst quartz as well as other superb hardstones.
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Grand Ducal workshops, Florence (Galleria dei Lavori), Baccio Cappelli, bronze figures by Girolamo Ticciati
Pietra Dura, Ebony and Ormolu Cabinet - "Badminton Cabinet", 1720/1732
Pietra dura, ebony and ormolu
height 386 cm, width 233 cm, depth 94 cm
Inv.-No. MO1584
Provenance: made for Henry Somerset, 3rd count of Beaufort, before 1990 in the possession of the Beaufort family; auction Christie's London July 5, 1990, lot 151; acquired by Mrs. Barbara Piasecka Johnson; auction Christie's London December 9, 2004, lot 260; acquired by Prince Hans Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein
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