CATALOGO / by SIBILIO, Francesco.

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(Trade Broadsheet - Specimen Marble Table Top)

CATALOGO / Di una Tavola tonda di Marmo del diametro di palmi sei ed oncie cinque Romani, composta di Pietre a forma di squamme Orientali ed Occidentali, dure e tenere, contornate da listelli di Nero Antico e circondata da una fascia di Pietra Nepitica e spicci di Lapis-lazzoli chiaro, inventata ed esguita da Francesco Sibilio in Roma Piazza di Spagna N. 92 (Translation: Catalogue of a Round Marble Table with the diameter of six palms and five Roman oncie, composed of Stones in the shape of Oriental and Western squares, hard and soft, surrounded by strips of Nero Antico and surrounded by a band of Nepitic Stone and clear Lapis-lazuli, invented and performed by Francesco Sibilio in Rome Piazza di Spagna No. 92)

(Broadside 66 x 48 cm); type impression: 54 x 40; With a small engraved device marked “Arts” at bottom right. A rare printed broadside cataloguing the elements of a remarkable and intricate inlaid marble table top created by Francesco Sibilio in Rome during the first half of the 19th century. Sibilio was “uno dei più abili artefici italiani del Primo Ottocento” [1] and the decorative marble pieces from his studio were popular with Grand Tour visitors to Rome during the first half of the 19th century. They were also purchased or commissioned by other important collectors of the period – most notably Nicolai Demidoff, but also Faustino Corsi, the brothers Tommaso, Francesco Belli, and Edward Dodwell. This 1833 broadside “catalogue” lists all the inlaid stone and marble components of a large and unusual round table top created by Sibilio. Three hundred ninety-two different stones are identified, apparently with none repeated. The exceptional number and variety of stones, together with the repetitive uniformity of their arrangement, suggest that the table may have been built as a kind of a sampler for the different marbles available from Sibilio’s studio in the Piazza di Spagna in Rome. This printed catalogue would thus have served as a key to the identity of all the stones included in the table. For each of the 14 circular “rows” on the table top, 28 varieties of marble or stone are listed, thus creating a banded circular surface with a total of 392 inlaid stones. Additionally, as noted at the conclusion of the broadside, there was a design in the centre of the table composed of gray with a garland of white and red crognole, surrounding a centre of lapis lazuli. We find no trace of this broadside in any of the standard library holdings. [ 1 : For more information on Sibilio, the catalogue of Sotheby’s “Stone: Marble and Hardstones” sale of 4 November, 2019 refers to an article by A. Gonzalez-Palacios on “Marmi, Pietre e Vetri: Lavori de Sibilio,” in Casa Vogue Antiques, March 1991, nr. 12, pp. 84-89, (the source for this quote)] An Italian Marble Specialist

Printed broadsheet a bit smudged and wrinkled at edges and corners, else fine.

ID#: 16711
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