Description & Technical information

A North Italian fruitwood, walnut, ebony , boxwood, tulipwood and kingwood microcarving portrait relief miniature attributed to Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo (1745-1820), depicting a standing Mars with cuirass, feathered helmet and sword, holding a spear with his right and a shield on his left hand, within an oval in an octagonal interlacing frame with beads and carved flowerheads to the corners, in a rectangular beaded frame, insisted in a glazed ebony frame with carved flowerhead in each side and each corner.

Date:  1785 circa
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  Turin
Medium: Carved, Fruitwood, Kingwood, Limewood, Tulipwood, Woods, Ebony
Signature: M A R S (just shadows of the missing letters)
Dimensions: 21.5 x 19 cm (8¹/₂ x 7¹/₂ inches)
Provenance: Private collection
Literature: ●Claudio Bertolotto,Vittoria Villani, Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo: Intaglio minuto e grande decorazione, Lindau, 1990, p.202 fig.31.2; and Tav.XIX.
●Arnaldi di Balmi, Merlotti, Il «trofeo militare» di Giuseppe Maria Bonzanigo, Allemandi, 2011
●Franca Dalmasso e Claudio Bertolotto, Palmieri in Cornici di Bonzanigo, Antologia di Belle Arti, Il Neoclassicismo, III, Turin, 1992, pp. 80-84.