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JONI, Icilio Federico, attrib.]
[c.], 1890. A pair of "tavolette" wooden book covers, 380 x 280 mm each, tempera and gilt on carved wood, with remnants of calf binding. Both covers gilt with framed panels carved and set with gilt floral and foliate decoration over painted black and red backgrounds, gilt wooden bosses carved in relief at each corner, and with brass clasps partially present. The upper cover with a painting depicting a male saint holding a flag and quill standing on a chequered floor, the lower cover emblazoned with seven painted armorial shields and the inscription: "Inventario de le cose de la sacrestia del duomo e del altre cose mobili rifatto la sico[n]da volta al tempo uomo Bartolo Vannutelli camarlencho dellopara disiena anno domini 1465". The covers are in very good condition, with apparent wear - each cover slightly bowed, a couple of faint minor cracks, a little chipping to the paint, and 'worming' to the edges and rear - largely being the work of Joni himself. The gilt and paintwork remains vibrant and bright. 'Tavolette di Biccherna' were the book covers used by the Biccherna (Public Treasury) of Siena from the thirteenth to the mid-fifteenth centuries on their bi-annual account-books; these were often decorated by the leading artists of the day, including Sano di Pietro, Giovanni di Paolo, Lorenzo Vecchietta and others. Icilio Federico Joni (1866-1946), a painter, gilder, and restorer, sometimes called the "prince" of Siennese forgers, had read of the covers but, interestingly, never actually visited the city archives to see them in the flesh before commencing his imitations. Imm … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: LUCIUS BOOKS (ABA, ILAB, PBFA) [York, United Kingdom]
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