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Aedicule (or tabernacle) frame of wood and plaster, gilded. The freize is decorated with festoons and eagles with displayed wings, and is surmounted by a cornice with leaf, egg and tongue, and dentil mouldings. The sides are composed of pilasters with capitals and long panels having symmetrical floral decoration springing out on either side of a long straight stem, which issues from a vase. The panel along the bottom is enriched with four repeating devices, each consisting of a vase balanced on either side by scrolls and cornucopiae. The principal ornament is painted black. A reproduction by Signor Giosué Lumaconi of an Italian frame of about 1480 in the library of the Ducal Palace at Urbino.
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Height: 138.2 cm, Width: 117.2 cm, Depth: 9.3 cm
Object history note
Bought for £38. 4 0. from Signor Giosué Lumaconi, Piazza del Municipio, Perugia
Authority for purchase - the Rt Hon A.H.D.Aeland's on RP 30925/1893
Letter from Lumacomi to Armstrong 21/1/1893, explaining how Lumaconi went to Urbino, and got Signor Gualdesi, professor in the Accademia delle belle arti to copy the two frames (ie construct them). It seems clear that Lumaconi then gessoed, gilded, burnished and painted them in his Perugia workshop. They were seen and admired by Lemo, Rossi, Scotti and Signor Prof Costa. Lumaconi claims that his price quoted (1200 lire) allows him, after the costs of bringing the frames to Perugia, only 1.5 or 2 lire per day for his work of gessoing, 'beating the gold especially to imitate the antique finish', gilding and burnishing, and requests additional payment.
Furniture and Woodwork Collection