Marquetry Centre Table Attributed To The Falcini Brothers

The Enduring Artistry of the Falcini Brothers: Pioneers of 19th-Century Marquetry in Florence

Establishing the Falcini Legacy
The Falcini Brothers, Luigi and Angiolo, launched their marquetry workshops in the early 19th century. Their father, Gaetano Giuseppe Falcini, originally established these in Campi near Florence. The brothers later moved to Florence, a city celebrated for its intarsia art since the Renaissance. They set up their workshops on Via delle Fosse and Via Rosa.

Gaining Recognition
Their craftsmanship first drew widespread acclaim with a marquetry table exhibited at the Accademia delle Belle Arti between 1834 and 1836. Grand Duke Leopold II was so impressed that he purchased it for his collection. Following this success, the brothers showcased their work globally, including at major exhibitions in London, New York, and Paris. They also fulfilled commissions for prominent patrons such as Prince Demidoff and the Duchess of Casigliano.

Artistic Evolution
Initially, the Falcini Brothers focused on neo-classical, monochromatic designs. Over time, they incorporated more colors and diverse materials, enriching their designs. They skillfully used various native and imported woods and experimented with vibrant dyes. Their work reflected the opulent style of Baroque art prevalent during the last Medici court, particularly admiring Leonardo Van Der Vinne’s contributions.

Legacy and Decline
The workshop continued under Luigi’s sons, Cesare and Alessandro, after the brothers passed away. However, as floral marquetry fell out of fashion around 1860, the workshop’s prominence waned. Despite this, the Falcini Brothers’ contributions to Florentine art remain a significant chapter in the history of decorative arts.

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Marquetry Centre Table Attributed To The Falcini Brothers

Falcini Brothers Florentine Marquetry Centre Table

Stock Number: 15163

An extremely fine and extraordinarily complex floral marquetry centre table by the Falcini Brothers, inlaid with finely engraved woods for the leaves, mother of pearl and ivory for the petals. Further ivory inlay around the border, all inset into dark ebony for maximum contrast and balanced with ivory and rosewood banding. The whole raised on a carved solid walnut pedestal base carved with gargoyles and fruit and walnuts. The Falcini Brothers founded the Falcini Workshops in Florence where they produced exceptional marquetry furniture.
Approximate Dimensions
  • Height: 75 cm (29.5 inches)
  • Diameter: 68 cm (26.7 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 75 cm (29.5 inches)
  • Diameter: 68 cm (26.7 inches)


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