COFFRET in flake gold and mother-of-pearl inlays decorated on the lid with a mythological scene.
The interior presents a small retractable tray decorated with characters in ancient ruins.
Signed in the decoration.
Naples, Sarao workshop, mid 18th century
4 x 18 x 13.5 cm
(Accidents and missing parts)
The quilting technique, discovered in Naples at the end of the 16th century, was very fashionable from the end of the 17th to the 18th century in Germany and Italy.
Once the scale is made supple with boiling water and olive oil, the decoration is applied by pressure, decorating all sorts of objects of tableware, toiletries, inkwells, boxes, chests, combs, etc.. Precious objects, they were collected by the travelers of the Grand Tour. Queen Charlotte, wife of George III, had a collection of quilts.
Several Neapolitan workshops have been identified; however, very few objects are signed.
From the Sarao workshop, we know Gennaro but also Giuseppe who signed "Sarao Fecit Neapoli" a writing table kept in the Wallace Collection and illustrated in A. Gonzalez-Palacios, "Il Tempio del Gusto", Vol. II, Milan, 1984, p. 231, ill. 529.
The Sarao dynasty in Naples was one of the best workshops for quilted scale objects. They acquired a great talent in the art of quilting and in their decorations going from the pure "Bérain" decoration to a lightening with more important figures on an airy background.
Bibliography: A. Kugel, "Complètement Piqué, Le fol art de l'écaille à la cour de Naples", Editions Monelle Hayot, 2018.
Comment : * This specimen made from scale parts and fragments of Cheloniidae spp is well before June 1, 1947. It is classified in Annex I under the Washington Convention, in Annex A of the European Community Regulation 338/97 of 09/12/1996, as well as in the French Environment Code.
* On the other hand, for an exit of the EU, a CITES of re-export will be necessary, this one being the responsibility of the future purchaser.