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Mirror
  • Mirror
    Gatti, Giovanni Battista, born 1816 - died 1889
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Mirror

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (city) (made)

  • Date:

    1878 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gatti, Giovanni Battista, born 1816 - died 1889 (designer and maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ebony, inlaid with engraved ivory, abalone and malachite

  • Museum number:

    670-1878

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Giovanni Battista Gatti was a cabinet-maker who specialised in reviving the luxurious inlay techniques that were fashionable during the Renaissance in several Italian cities. He perfected the use of ivory and mother-of-pearl or shell, with ebony or other strongly coloured woods, and small accent pieces of hardstones such as the malachite used on this piece. The authorities of the South Kensington Museum (as the V&A was known until 1899) bought this mirror directly from the 1878 Paris Exhibition, at which Gatti exhibited.

Physical description

Mirror frame surmounted by a shallow, segmental pediment, veneered in ebony, inlaid with engraved ivory,abalone shell and malachite, the lower apron of the frame with an oval plaque of ivory engraved with a building

Place of Origin

Rome (city) (made)

Date

1878 (made)

Artist/maker

Gatti, Giovanni Battista, born 1816 - died 1889 (designer and maker)

Materials and Techniques

Ebony, inlaid with engraved ivory, abalone and malachite

Dimensions

Height: 72.25 cm, Width: 47.5 cm

Descriptive line

Mirror, the frame veneered in ebony, inlaid with ivory, shell and malachite

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Enrico Colle, Il Mobile dell'Ottocento in Italia. Milan: Electa, 2007, illus. p.392. A biographical note on Gatti is on pp. 443-444

Labels and date

FRAME

670-1878

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

Purchased for £32 7s 6d from the Paris 1878 Exhibition. [1987-2006]

Materials

Ebony; Ivory; Abalone; Hardstone; Malachite (mineral)

Techniques

Carving; Inlay (process); Engraving (incising)

Categories

Furniture; Frames

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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