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Dictionnaire raisonné du mobilier français de l'époque carlovingienne à la Renaissance, Paris, A. Morel, 1872-1875, volume 1 di 6 : Meubles

Eugène Emmanuel Viollet Le Duc (Paris 1814 - Lausanne 1879)

Uffizi Library
Printed volume
h. 24 cm
S.M.Demidoff/7, inventario 26629
Half-title page with coded monogram 'AD' (initials of Anatolij Demidov) surmounted by a crown; on the top left of the preliminary page, label with the initials 'JK2'; at the bottom of the title page, oval stamp of origin with the inscription 'Bibliothèque de San Donato'.

The volumes arrived from the dispersed library of Villa Demidov in San Donato included a book published in Paris in 1872 known as Dictionary of the Mobilier. In the book, the French architect Viollet-Le-Duc accurately described, with beautiful drawings made of his own hand, the objects of common use in the Middle Ages: from furniture to jewellery, clothing and weapons. The work bears witness to the tastes and interests of Pavel Pavlovič (1839-1885), the grandson and heir of Anatolij Demidov (1813-1870).

Here we present the first volume of the famous dictionary, the one dedicated to furniture, with stamp of origin from the 'Bibliothèque de San Donato' on the title page, coded monogram 'AD' (initials of Anatolij Demidov) surmounted by a crown - which was also used by Pavel Pavlovič - and label with the initials 'JK2', which probably refers to the location of the text in the library of the villa (the other volumes have labels with different initials). The dictionary entered the Library of the Department of Prints and Drawings of the Uffizi 'by way of the Salimbeni Library' in December 1970, after the auction of the furnishings of Villa Demidoff in Pratolino, which was arranged by the last heir of the family, Paolo Karageorgevič, in 1969.


L. Baridon, Viollet Le Duc, Eugène Emmanuel, in https://www.inha.fr/fr/ressources/publications/publications-numeriques/dictionnaire-critique-des-historiens-de-l-art/viollet-le-duc-eugene-emmanuel.html?; L. Orfanello,Grande e forte di muraglie. Il Monastero e la Chiesa di San Donato in Polverosa, Firenze, MCM, 2021; Sotheby’S of London, Catalogo dell’arredamento della villa Demidoff presso Firenze venduto per ordine di S.A.R. il Principe Paolo di Jugoslavia. 21, 22, 23 e 24 aprile 1969 alla villa Demidoff, London, 1969.

Text by
Carla Basagni
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